Lawmakers: Fired radio reporter didn't ID herself at meeting

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Posted: Mar 26, 2017 5:32 PM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A reporter for a radio station at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been fired after state lawmakers complained she failed to disclose her presence during a meeting on a state transgender bathroom bill.

The Chattanooga Times-Free Press (http://bit.ly/2nfiEW3 ) reports that lawmakers said WUTC-FM reporter Jacqui Helbert failed to properly identify herself as a reporter during meetings March 7 between lawmakers and a group of high school students.

Helbert says she wore a press ID badge at the Capitol, was carrying radio equipment, and never concealed her intentions.

University spokesman George Heddleston says in a statement the university's decision to fire Helbert was "based on a violation of journalism ethics."

The students were advocating against the bathroom bill, which failed to make it out of the Senate Education Committee.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com