Posted January 19, 2010.
Two of Bill Crumlic's co-workers from "69 News" in Allentown, Pennsylvania are on assignment in Haiti covering earthquake relief efforts. Reporter Jaccii Farris and Videographer Lee Jenkins were sent to the earthquake ravaged country by WFMZ on Monday to shadow a Lehigh Valley church group and several Lehigh Valley Hospital doctors responding to lend aid. As of today the team has made it as far as Fond Parisien but they are not yet able to enter Port-au-Prince because of the escalating violence there.
"I have a deep respect for Jaccii and Lee and have them in my thoughts and prayers for safe travel and return." Crumlic said. "It is important work they are doing as the world needs to know as much as possible about the human condition in Haiti." he added.
Crumlic has worked with both Farris and Jenkins for more than ten years, first as their Chief Assignment Editor and more recently as peers when Crumlic left the position in 2002 to start Crumlic News Services, now Crumlic Media. Crumlic still often returns to WFMZ as a per diem replacement for videographers and assignment editors and has worked side by side with them. He will again be on assignment with the station January 21st through the 25th replacing Jenkins and covering his normal photog duties.
Follow their stories on WFMZ.com
UPDATE January 25, 2010: Jaccii and Lee returned to the US on Sunday the 24th and were back at work on Monday working to assemble more stories from the massive amount of video and information gathered in Haiti. From all of us a Crumlic Media we wish to welcome our friends home from the important work they were doing.