Speaker Series: TSA in Turmoil
What: TSA in Turmoil: An Audio-Visual Experience and Intersection Live
Presented by: 90.7 WMFE | 89.5 WMFV | Orange County Library System
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 29
Time: 6-7 p.m. Audio-visual experience | 7-8:30 p.m. Conversation & Q-and-A
Location: Melrose Center, Orlando Public Library, 101 E Central Blvd., Orlando
Tickets: Free but space is limited. Please RSVP below.
February marks one year since the public suicide of Transportation Security Administration officer Robert Henry. WMFE’s TSA in Turmoil investigation, released in August 2019, uncovered a pattern of abuse and retaliation at the TSA at Orlando International Airport and at other airports across the country.
In the wake of the investigation, TSA officials have instituted an agency-wide suicide prevention training, saying that Henry’s death and the ensuing media coverage alerted them to a growing problem. The TSA also released a death investigation, which did not find “definitive evidence” that Henry was bullied or targeted, or that he killed himself because of the government shutdown.
Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center (second floor of the library) for an immersive audio-visual experience that pair WMFE reporters Danielle Prieur and Abe Aboraya’s stories on those impacted with visuals by photographer Isaac Babcock and illustrator Gabi Tylenda. That’s followed by an Intersection Live hosted by Matthew Peddie and featuring a panel of journalists, officials and a family friend of late TSA agent Robert Henry.
Wednesday, Jan. 29
6–7 p.m.: Audio-visual presentation
7–8:30 p.m.: Panel discussion and Q&A. This event will be recorded for later broadcast on Intersection, the public affairs show on 90.7 WMFE and 89.5 WMFV.
• Danielle Prieur, WMFE reporter
• Abe Aboraya, WMFE health reporter
• Asher Wildman, Spectrum News 13 reporter
• Isaac Babcock, multimedia journalist
• Stanley Tuchalski, TSA officer who was Rob Henry’s manager and colleague at Dulles International Airport and then at Orlando International Airport. He is a close friend of Rob and his family.
• Joey Donadio, a former TSA officer at Orlando International Airport. He filed an EEOC complaint alleging he was fired for having generalized anxiety disorder. He is now a volunteer firefighter in Marion County.
• Brenda Shearer, family friend of late TSA agent Robert Henry
• Ryan S. Gallik, Co-Founder of the Mental Hygiene Project™️ and CEO of Ryan Gallik & Associates
NOTE: U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, is no longer able to attend due to votes in Washington. Reporter Danielle Prieur will interview him ahead of the event, and we’ll play a video of that interview at the event.
It’s free, but space is limited. Please RSVP below. Thanks!
TELL YOUR STORY: WMFE is still collecting stories of current and former TSA officers and their families. If you would like to talk about your experience, please contact us.
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