'You are a n****r': Black TV host confronts viewer's racist email in live broadcast

A US news anchor has bravely confronted a viewer who sent her a racist email during a live broadcast.

Sharon Reed, who fronts an evening news show for CBS in Atlanta, exposed the woman by using her full name and spoke to directly to her in an impassioned monologue about race.

The email came in response to something Reed had said in an earlier broadcast, which the viewer had labelled "race baiting".

"You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight," the email began.

"It's OK for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites, really? You are what I call a n****r, not a black person.

"You are a racist n****r. You what's wrong with the world."

The comment had clearly got under Ms Reed's skin and she fired back live on air, with a justification for her original comments and a takedown of the racist language used in the email.

"When arguing with somebody, you have to be careful not to mischaracterise their viewpoint, so I won't mischaracterise your view either, Kathy Rae," she said.

"I get it. On December 5, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a 'n****r'. I don't.

"But I could clap back and say a few things to you. But instead I'll let your words, Kathy Rae, speak for themselves.

"And that will be the last word."