Washington Post Suspends Plagiarizing Reporter

Sari Horwitz 'lifted sections' of Arizona Republic stories on Jared Lee Loughner
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2011 3:42 AM CDT
Updated Mar 17, 2011 6:27 AM CDT
Washington Post Suspends Plagiarizing Reporter
Sari Horwitz (second woman from right) poses with members of the Washington Post staff who were awarded six Pulitzer Prizes in 2008.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A long-time investigative reporter at the Washington Post has been suspended for lifting "substantial" portions of articles from an Arizona newspaper for her stories on accused Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner. Pultizer Prize-winner Sari Horwitz was suspended for three months for plagiarizing sections of stories from the Arizona Republic, reports the Washington Post.

An editor of the Republic informed the Post of the similarities between articles. The Post took "action that we think is appropriately severe and reflects the seriousness with which we view this transgression,” said executive editor Marcus Brauchli. He added that no other instances of plagiarism were discovered in an extensive review of Horwtiz's work. Horwitz apologized for the plagiarism. "It was wrong. It was inexcusable," she said. "I am grateful the paper will allow me to return. I hope to come back a better journalist and a better person.” (More media stories.)

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