News anchor publicly responds to viewer letter about her weight

Published On: Oct 02 2012 03:17:22 PM PDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2012 04:12:01 PM PDT
WKBT Anchor Jennifer Livingston
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A news anchor at KXLY's sister station in La Crosse, WI publicly responded to a viewer's letter about her weight, touching off flurry of support for her across the Internet.

Jennifer Livingston responded to the email Tuesday morning during a 4-minute segment on WKBT-TV in La Crosse. She's telling young viewers not to allow bullies to define their self-worth.

Livingston didn't identify the man, who wrote that he was surprised to see her physical condition hadn't improved for years. He wrote that he hopes she doesn't consider herself a suitable example for young people, especially girls.

Livingston says she thought nothing of the email. But she's angry that some children may not know to do the same when they're criticized, or worse, by bullies.

She's urging children who get picked on not to let bullies define them.

You can watch Livingston's four-minute response to the viewer message below.