A Kansas City station’s traffic report ‘out sick’ email went viral

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Every day thousands of people call in sick to work — but when Kansas City traffic reporter Nick Vasos sent an email saying he’d be out sick, his email ended up being sent to Nexstar Media Group newsrooms around the country.

  • It appears that an email with the subject line “Nick our (sic) sick” was sent to a group listserv for breaking news that is sent to employees all over the country by accident.
  • That triggered a slew of well wishes from Nexstar stations across the country and the hashtags “#PrayersForNick,” “#NickIsSick” and “#NexstarNick” began showing up online.
  • It was spread next to the “#NexstarNation” hashtag as well.


  • Eventually, Nexstar IT (and self proclaimed “party pooper”) had to jump in and shut down the group in order to avoid flooding the system with “thousands” of emails.
  • The note also requested that workers stop replying to the email so the list could be restored and used for its rightful purpose — communicating breaking news.


  • Vasos’ station, Fox affiliate WDAF, even set up a “shrine” to Vasos.