ABC 4 News anchor Emily Florez was ending Monday’s 10:00 P.M. broadcast, when alert viewers noticed a giggle in her voice.
Behind the scenes, her co-anchor was getting up out of his chair. Emily, always the intrepid journalist, had a hunch what might be going on. As she was wrapping up the newscast with the nightly “kicker” story — the last word, intended to leave the audience smiling — she was talking about “National Hugging Day,” the day devoted to hugging. Emily was citing scientific research that shows hugging someone or receiving a hug from someone can be healthy, even therapeutic. Off camera, Dan Pope was finding out whether that’s true.