Washington Post Suspends Reporter for Plagiarism in Tucson Case


The Washington Post suspended longtime criminal justice reporter Sari Horwitz for three months after editors determined that “substantial” parts of two recent news articles about the Tucson shooting case were taken without attribution from the Arizona Republic. The stories on the case of Jared Loughner involved provisions of a federal civil rights law and a search of Loughner’s home.

Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize winner who has been with the Post since 1984, apologized for portraying “another newspaper's work as my own.” She added, “It was wrong. It was inexcusable.” Horwitz was part of teams that won Pulitzers for coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and a 1998 series about shootings by Washington, D.C., police officers.

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