Detroit Reporter Resigns Amid Allegations Of Using Racially Insensitive Language


Her resignation comes after community members threatened to boycott her news station.

Paula Adhiambo Rogo Nov, 19, 2016

A Detroit reporter has resigned from her TV station following allegations she uttered a racial slur off the air during a conversation with a co-worker.

Lauren Podell reportedly told a colleague in March that she was “Tired of reporting on these n*****s killing each other in Detroit,” according to The Detroit Free Press. WDIV Vice President Marla Drutz noted that the exact wording of the quote wasn’t verbatim, but confirmed that something did occur.

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The incident was first reported in an e-mail sent Monday by Drutz to a Detroit minister, who demanded that the station apologize to Detroiters. There was also a call for a boycott of the station if action was not taken.

Drtuz said that the incident “was investigated swiftly and thoroughly and appropriate action was taken.”