WASHINGTON — United Press International's three top editors resigned today after just 10 months on the job, saying they "can no longer assure the quality and integrity of the UPI report."
Announcing resignations effective Nov. 20 were Ben Cason, editor; Barry Sussman, managing editor-national, and Kim Willenson, managing editor-international. Cason and Sussman were previously editors at the Washington Post, and Willenson was an editor at Newsweek magazine.
In a memorandum to the staff and UPI subscribers, the three editors said, "We take this action with deep regret, but with the conviction that we can no longer assure the quality and integrity of the UPI report. It is not our desire to pursue these matters here or in any other public forum."
The editors said they had come to UPI "with plans to improve the report, and feel we have helped to do so." They praised the staff as having "performed superbly under adverse conditions" and said that staff efforts "deserve continued support from the nation's news media."