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Radio Reporter Fired Over Obama T-Shirt at Rally

Thursday, 02 Oct 2008 02:01 PM

A veteran Detroit radio reporter has been fired after wearing a pro-Barack Obama T-shirt while covering a rally for the presidential candidate Sunday at the Detroit Public Library.

Karen Dinkins, who has worked at Metro Detroit WWJ (950 AM) for 13 years, acknowledged that the radio station fired her Monday, but she did not elaborate.

"I don't want to comment at this time," she told The Detroit News.

Georgeann Herbert, WWJ's programming director, said Dinkins compromised the station's objectivity by wearing the T-shirt.

The station "believes that our credibility with our listeners rests on the independence of our newsroom staff," the statement said. "WWJ does not favor any candidate, party or issue.

"While we encourage employees to exercise their rights as citizens, we expect them to be on guard against any actual or perceived conflict of interest when covering news stories," Herbert said.

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