Fired TV Anchor Was Conferring With Cops

Bikini incident only one of several missteps that contributed to dismissal
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2007 3:11 PM CDT
Fired TV Anchor Was Conferring With Cops
Veteran WMAQ-TV reporter Amy Jacobson, wearing a halter bikini top and towel, appears in an image from video posted Tuesday, July 10, 2007, on WBBM-TV's Web site. Jacobson, her two young children and a bare-chested Craig Stebic are also shown in the video captured Friday, July 6, 2007, near a pool...   (Associated Press)

Ousted Chicago TV reporter Amy Jacobson may not have been fired just because she appeared in a bikini at the pool party of a man she was covering, the Chicago Tribune reports. Jacobson was feeding cops information, without telling her bosses, about her interviews with Craig Stebic, now under suspicion by police in the disappearance of his wife.

That's a breach of company standards, and one of several instances in which Jacobson got  too personally involved in her stories or  showed questionable judgment, the Trib reports,  painting a picture of a reporter whose willingness to bend rules produced "both exclusive stories and reprimands." (More Amy Jacobson stories.)

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