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Reporter Doesn't Have AIDS, Either

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Reporter Doesn't Have AIDS, Either

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Former reporter Kim Stacy, who lost her job at the Owensboro (Ky.) Messenger- Inquirer after fabricating columns about a fictitious battle with cancer -- and later made up a story about having AIDS to cushion the hoax -- does not have AIDS, according to results of a blood test made public last week.

The Messenger-Inquirer, which fired Stacy on May 10 after she revealed that she had lied in five columns about a phony cancer fight, published a lengthy Page One story on May 19 detailing the results of the blood test with Stacy's permission. The story also quoted Stacy, 33, as saying she had made up the lies to make friends after moving to the newspaper in 1998.

"I had been here two or three months and hadn't made any friends," Stacy told the newspaper. "We were friends at work, but we were not close friends."

Stacy revealed to editors on May 8 that her cancer was a hoax when she called the newsroom to stop a column scheduled to run on May 9. …

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