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Politico Reporter Fired for Plagiarism

According to our sister site FishbowlDC, Kendra Marr, a transportation reporter for Politico, has been fired for plagiarism. Marr was let go by Politico after a New York Times reporter came to the site’s Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei with evidence of Marr lifting passages from other publications and presenting them as her own.

According to a Politico memo, Marr’s mistakes were in failing to cite sources:

There were instances of language and ideas published in at least seven of her Politico stories that borrowed without attribution from work that had been published previously in other publications. As we say in the editors’ note, we have found no cases of invention of scenes and quotes. Even so, these examples represented a lapse of our standards that we could not defend or tolerate.

FishbowlDC broke this story last night, so for more details please click through.

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Former OC Register Writer Caught in Plagiarism Scandal*

Politico staffer Kendra Marr was forced to resign after seven instances of plagiarism were discovered in her recent work. Marr was outed after a New York Times writer alerted Politico editor-in-chief John Harris to similarities between his/her recent transportation story and Marr’s Politico followup. Harris launched an investigation an subsequently discovered six other instances of reporting and phrasing that was lifted from other stories without attribution. There were no manufactured quotes or invented scenes in Marr’s work, but the offenses were serious enough to force her resignation.

Marr is a California native who previously wrote and worked as a copy editor an intern for the Orange County Register and wrote for the San Jose Mercury News.

Betsy Rothstein at our sister site FishbowlDC got a hold of the Politico editorial honchos’ memo to staff, after the jump.

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