While reporting a story about a perilous tree in St. Louis, KSDK reporter Mike Rush visited the property owner. The receptionist at Roberts Brothers Properties chose an unusual method of avoiding an interview: She hid under her desk for 30 minutes, Rush reports. Here's a short version of the video, which is running on many Gannett-owned stations' websites.

In the full package, anchor Mike Bush says Roberts Brothers has interests in hotels and television. The company owns hotel interests as well as WRBU-TV in St. Louis, Rush said in an email Wednesday. Roberts Cos. declared bankruptcy in October 2011 and sold one of its stations last month.

Here's the full video, which shows what happens after Rush persisted (and is worth it for Deborah Smith's quotes alone):

Previously: TV reporter unperturbed by cockroach crawling on him during live shot