St. Louis TV reporter: Yes, I hugged Ryan Ferguson while covering his release from jail

Retired Associated Press reporter Scott Charton tweeted this week that he saw a “local photographer and TV reporter hugging #RyanFerguson Dad post-newser.”

TV reporter Melanie Moon and Ryan Ferguson

TV reporter Melanie Moon and Ryan Ferguson

Guilty! admitted KPLR-TV (St. Louis) reporter Melanie Moon, who has been covering the case of the Missouri man who was released from prison this week after his 2005 murder conviction was tossed. (Ferguson and Charles Erickson were both 19 when they were arrested in 2004 for the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.)

“I hugged both” Ferguson and his dad,” Moon tweeted. “In some cases media biases, based in a strong sense of right & wrong, serve the public good!” (The photo on the right is from Moon’s public Facebook page.)

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