What Is Kevin Steincross Doing Now? Why Was He Fired From Fox 2?
Kevin Steincross, a veteran anchor of Fox 2, was let go from the station in 2019 due to a major offensive racial slur that he spilled live on the air. Steincross, whose whole career has been seeded and grown within journalism, was outcasted in just a matter of days after the event.
So, what was it that the anchor said on air to spite the Black community? And what is he doing nowadays after he was let go from the station? Let us find out!.
Fox 2 News Anchor Kevin Steincross’s Racial Slur On-Air
As it so happened on January 18, 2019, Kevin Steincross spilled a racial slur while he was presenting on Rev. Martin Luther King. More particularly, Steincross was covering news on a tribute at St. Louis University where he called King “Martin Luther coon Jr”. For those who don’t know what a coon means, it is an offensive slur for a Black person rooting from a history of Blackface and a bad repartee from the word raccoon.
The incident happened on-air at around 5:30 am. After viewers started reporting about it, at around 9 am, Steincross came on air again to offer an apology.
In our story about the tribute to Dr. King, I, unfortunately, mispronounced his name. Please know I have total respect for Dr. King, what he meant and continues to mean to our country. This was not intentional in any way, and I sincerely apologize.
Kevin Steincross Was Eventually Fired After The Unfortunate On-Air Incident
This incident involving Steincross came a week after another TV anchor, a meteorologist Jeremy Kappell used the same racial slur while covering news on Martin Luther King Park Ice Rink. He was immediately fired from WHEC-TV, where he worked.
After the back-to-back offense on the Black community, many viewers started calling out Steincross for his termination. Some Twitter users even argued that the veteran anchor wasn’t fired because he is gay, although his sexual orientation has not been verified as of now.
There was even a petition that was called on change.org to terminate Kevin Steincross from Fox Broadcasting Company.
After the continual pressure from St. Louis County NAACP and viewers, the station decided to send him on leave indefinitely. However, after much analysis and speculation, he was subsequently fired.
What Is Kevin Steincross Doing Now?
From the dreaded incident that followed after his indecent ordeal, Kevin Steincross parted from KTVI, assuring that he will begin working to regain the public trust on January 26, 2019.
Steincross had his career deep-rooted with KTVI Fox 2 since 1996 as a general assignment reporter. Before his job at KTVI, Steincross worked at KTUL from 1992 to 1996. He has only ever worked in the journalism arena; hence, the anchor will return to his roots once things have calmed down. However, he is currently not actively engaged anywhere.
After the fallout from Fox 2, Steincross even took time off from social media, particularly Instagram, where he was previously very active. So, when he posted a photo in October 2019, nearly nine months after his last post in January 2019, many of his fans disclosed that they were happy to see his smiling face again.
Kevin Steincross is currently pretty active in social media sites, and by the looks of it, he has been engaging in a lot of other activities besides journalism. But when will his fans get to see him back on their TV screens? Only time will tell.