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N.Y. Times Reporter Is Suspended

May 24, 2003|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — The New York Times has suspended Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Rick Bragg for two weeks, the Columbia Journalism Review reported Friday, the same day the newspaper published an editors' note about his handling of a feature story about Florida oystermen.

The note said that while Bragg wrote the June 15 article and visited the Gulf Coast town where it originated, interviewing and other reporting at the scene were done by a freelance journalist working for the newspaper. Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis declined comment Friday, saying the newspaper doesn't publicly discuss personnel matters. A N.Y. Times employee told Associated Press staff members became aware of the suspension on Friday. The employee said the length of the suspension was not clear.

Bragg, 43, a national correspondent based in New Orleans, didn't immediately return a telephone message Friday.

The suspension came two days after the Times announced a committee of 20 staff members and two outside news executives to review newsroom policies after the May 1 resignation of reporter Jayson Blair.

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