Yesterday, Politico reporter Kendra Marr was forced to resign her position
after New York Times writer Susan Stellin
alerted Marr's editors to similarities between her transportation policy story
published Sept. 26 and Marr’s story published Oct. 10
. An investigation by Politico into Marr's work found 7 instances of likely plagiarism. Marr, who was formerly a reporter for the OC Register, San Jose Mercury News and the Washington Post, had logged 409 stories (scroll down for list)
with Politico during her time there. The outlet has issued a statement
. Poynter has a thorough rundown
, indicating that more of her articles may come under scrutiny.
Those who know her well say there is no way Marr did this maliciously or even, necessarily, knowingly. Nor is anyone internally comparing this to a Jayson Blair (formerly with the NYT) type scenario. They reason pressure and sloppiness contributed to her fall.
Regret the Error points out that the Editor's Note is "...notable for the fact that is never uses the word plagiarism, even though it’s explicitly about a case of serial plagiarism
Washington Post media editor/blogger Erik Wemple feels Politico isn't handling the situation well
* TSA not flying high fiscally
* Scuttled highway may sidetrack Perry
* Christie to return rail tunnel cash
* Shovel ready jobs could take time
* Boeing factory turns sour for Obama
* Defining the transportation debate
* Obama to tout auto turnaround
Over at Poynter, Julie Moos notes that when Marr was a student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she once claimed to be a U.S. census worker in order to locate a witness in a murder case.
Also, that "based on the editor’s notes appended to stories, material was used from the following sources without proper credit: Scripps Howard (twice), The New York Times (four separate times), Greenwire, NJ.com and The Associated Press (twice), The Hill and The Journal of Commerce. Six of the stories were published between Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. One of the stories was published July 28."
While at Politico, Ms. Marr covered the Tim Pawlenty presidential campaign until the candidate withdrew from the race in August. Marr was included in an article in the New York Times
about bloggers covering the campaign back in January. She was switched to the Transportation beat a few weeks ago.