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Washington Post suspends reporter for plagiarising stories on Tucson shooting

The Washington Post suspended one of its most seasoned reporters Wednesday after editors determined that “substantial” parts of two recent news articles were taken without attribution from another newspaper.

Sari Horwitz, a longtime Post investigative reporter, was suspended for three months for plagiarizing sections of stories that first appeared in the Arizona Republic. The stories concerned the investigation of and legal proceedings for Jared Lee Loughner, the Arizona man accused of shooting Rep Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Tucson in January.

Horwitz copied two paragraphs from a Republic story that described provisions of a federal civil rights law when she wrote an article that was first published on The Post’s website March 4. A second story, first appearing online on March 10, included 10 paragraphs from a Republic story about a search of Loughner’s home. Both stories appeared in the newspaper the day after they went up online.

The Republic’s editor, Randy Lovely, alerted Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli to the similarities in the Republic and Post stories in an email Monday. Brauchli reviewed Horwitz’s work and agreed that material had been used improperly. The Post issued an apology to readers on its website Wednesday and ran an editor’s note on A2 of Thursday morning’s newspaper.

Date posted: March 17, 2011 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 91