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Suspended 'Boston Herald' Columnist Back in Business

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Suspended 'Boston Herald' Columnist Back in Business

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Robin Washington, in the center of a storm over the paper's coverage of a major bank, will return next week

The Boston Herald will reinstate suspended columnist Robin Washington, who was suspended without pay April 30 after he clashed with his editors over his coverage of a controversial story involving a Herald advertiser.

Washington will return May 14 following a two-week suspension without pay. He will return to his consumer and transportation column, from which he was reassigned April 23.

Herald management wouldn't comment further. Washington issued a statement saying he has been assured he will be able to report his column without limitation.

The Newspaper Guild of Greater Boston, the Herald's editorial union, said it will proceed with litigation of the suspension, which it believes violated its contract.

The decision last Friday followed a community outcry over Washington's suspension.

The matter drew attention to questions about whether Boston-based giant FleetBoston has received favorable treatment from local news media. It also renewed criticism of the Herald's diversity, as Washington is the tabloid's only black reporter.

FleetBoston became the nation's eighth-largest bank following the merger of Fleet Financial and BankBoston, and could be a lender for the paper's planned press purchase. …

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