The Michigan reporter went viral after completing a news segment while simultaneously skateboarding.
On Thursday, reporter Victor Williams from Detroit’s WDIV news station was discussing a new skate park to open in town and had some fun with it. In the clip, Williams slides easily as he continues to talk to his studio colleagues Karen Drew and Jason Colthorp.
“By the way to Chandler Skatepark, they’ll be finished in about 10 days,” Williams said as he went up and down each ramp.
“Victor, you’re so cool! Look, he’s leaving!” Drew clapped.
“These live folks! Really good stuff,” Colthorp added, before asking how many years Williams had been skating for.
“For a long time,” Williams said, as Drew noted that he was “very impressed.”
After the episode, Williams posted the video on his site. excitement page and has garnered more than 2 million views, 14,000 retweets and 100,000 likes as of Thursday evening.
“A new skate park in Detroit offers free skateboard lessons,” Williams said. “Of course I had to show the kids something at @Local4News. Seriously – when I was a kid I would have died for mentors in a new parks and skateboarding community. Glad to see this happening in Detroit!”
A number of Twitter users and news reporters across the country praised Williams for the impressive episode.
Twitter user @JackFro03367504 “Everyone is (rightly) commenting on his impressive skateboarding ability, but his news distribution game is also pretty impressive, he doesn’t let the skateboarding distractions stop him from making steady delivery, good eye contact and gestures.” Wrote.
Another Twitter user @tafkatp saidHe said, “Haha, you idiot. I think you’ve already had some success, albeit unintentionally, showing and learning what can be done in parks like this may have created a lot of skaters on television.”
Taylor Hemness, an anchor on the Kansas City, Missouri news station KSHB, tweeted: “Victor…..you dude.”
“I think the bar has been raised for the Victors,” said Victor Puente of Lexington, Kentucky’s WKYT.
Williams has been with WDIV since October 2019. The journalist has previously worked for news stations WOIO, WLOX-TV, WBBJ-TV and WSB-TV. Williams is a graduate of Georgia State University and Georgia Highlands College.