In Norfolk, Virginia, reporters for The Virginian-Pilot, Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami, were attacked on Saturday night as they drove home from a show at the Attucks Theatre.
They had stopped at a red light, near a crowd of at least 100 African-American young people on the sidewalk.
After Rostami locked her car door, someone threw a rock at her window. Forster got out to confront the rock-thrower, and that's when the attack occurred.
Neither suffered life-threatening injuries, but both were out of work for a week.
There has been outrage over the failure of the The Virginian-Pilot to publish the story until early this week, prompting some to accuse the paper of trying to bury the story.
The responding police officer noted incident as a "simple assault," despite the couple's claim that at least 30 people had participated in the attack.
Rostami said the police officer told her to shut up and get in the car. Both said the officer did not record any names of witnesses who stopped to help. Rostami said the officer told them the attackers were "probably juveniles anyway. What are we going to do? Find their parents and tell them?"