Award-winning St. Louis newscaster Kim St. Onge left local KMOV after 10 years of reporting. And she did not go quietly.
Kim posted a courageous account of the abuse she endured from Meredith Company after she requested and was granted a religious exemption for the COVID vaccine.
Kim wrote how she was forced to undergo continual testing, was not allowed to sit in the same room as other reporters who were vaccinated, and was required to wear an N95 mask at all times.
This is abuse.
Kim quit her job today.
She ended with this… “While this certainly wasn’t the way I expected my career in TV news to end, as a follower of Christ, I know God has a purpose to this and will use it for good.”
My nearly 10-year career in TV news is over.
No, I didn’t quit. No, my contract wasn’t up. I was let go over the vaccine mandate.
Here’s what happened:
My religious exemption was approved only after getting a letter from a pastor at my church.
My company, Meredith, which owns KMOV, then informed me I’d need to follow these policies:
1. Wear an n95 mask at all times
2. Test twice weekly and take a time-stamped picture of the negative tests
3. When there’s an on-site meeting I must be onsite, but attend virtually…AKA sit in another room.
#3 is where I really drew the line and proves this is not just about health.
So, I’m testing TWICE weekly and wearing an N95 mask, but can’t sit in the same room as my vaccinated colleagues who we now know can not only get Covid, but still pass it to others?
I informed my union representative I did not agree to follow those policies and was let go.
I turned down a non-disclosure agreement worth several thousand dollars to not be silenced.
Some of you will staunchly disagree with my decision. I understand some of you may even feel personally offended by my choice.
But, this is too big to stay quiet. Our freedoms are being stripped away… freedoms our parents, grandparents, and so many others fought for.
Many people, including doctors and nurses who were hailed heroes in 2020, are now among the unemployed. I refuse to stand for a company dictating medical decisions for its employees, especially when it comes to an experimental vaccine.
I want my future kids to know their mom stood up for her beliefs, her morals, even though it cost their mom her job.
To all of you — thank you for welcoming me into your homes. Thank you for sharing your stories with me. While this certainly wasn’t the way I expected my career in TV news to end, as a follower of Christ, I know God has a purpose to this and will use it for good.
Here is her post on Facebook while it lasts.