Wayne Thomas Satz

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Wayne Thomas Satz (January 10, 1945 – December 24, 1992) was a reporter who first reported on the McMartin preschool trial. His first McMartin broadcast aired on KABC-TV in Los Angeles on February 2, 1984.[1][2]

Satz presented an unchallenged view of the children's and parents' claims.[1] During the case, Satz became personally involved when he entered into a romantic relationship with Kee MacFarlane, the social worker at the Children's Institute International, who was interviewing the children.[1] Satz did not reveal the relationship, and continued reporting the unchallenged claims.

Satz died in 1992, at age 47, from a heart attack.[3] He was found dead in his Studio City, Los Angeles home.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Shaw, David (1990-01-20). "Reporter's Early Exclusives Triggered a Media Frenzy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  2. ^ a b "Wayne Satz". Associated Press in Variety. 1992-12-28. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  3. ^ "TV Reporter Satz died of Heart Attack, Autopsy Finds". Los Angeles Times. 1993-03-06. Retrieved 2013-03-17.

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