Former KTVA new reporter, Charlene Egby made national headlines after video of her quitting her gig live on air went viral. In September, Egby, professionally known as Charlo Greene, admitted to owning the Alaska Cannabis Club marijuana dispensary and profanely submitted her resignation. While Greene’s move was gasped at by the journalism community, as her actions violated the journalistic moral or integrity standards, she claims that she became a hot commodity for broadcasts. “On the local, on the national and on the international level, I’ve been receiving job offers,” she told 20/20 in an October interview. “I’m not going anywhere. You’re going to see a lot more of me.”
The Alaska Cannabis Club, Greene’s medical marijuana dispensary is “a network of medical marijuana patients throughout Alaska.” However, Anchorage police raided the club after reports that the marijuana and “other derivatives” were illegally being sold there. Greene says that nobody was arrested, but the police destroyed nine mature marijuana plants and about a dozen immature plants that she claims were being grown and cultivated within the parameters of the law. She also claims that cell phones, computers and two cars (one of which was not included in the search warrant) were confiscated by Anchorage’s finest.
Greene is still criticized for the way in which she promoted her medical marijuana business and quit. KTVA News Director Bert Rudman said in a statement, “[Greene] had a personal and business stake in the issue she was reporting, but did not disclose that interest to us. This betrayed the basic bedrock of responsible journalism.”
Greene retorted, “The Alaska Cannabis Club is my business. I have a degree in journalism. I know all about ethics. I made a choice, and I’m unapologetic in it.”