The New York Times severed ties with two journalists who produced some of its most publicized work over the past three years.
Editor-in-chief Dean Baquet and editor-in-chief Joe Kahn sent memos Friday revealing the departures of Donald G. McNeil Jr., a science correspondent who reported on the pandemic, and Andy Mills, a producer of the podcast. Caliphate who used a bogus source.
The two had appeared to survive disclosure of past bad behavior. But an outcry from Times staff and people outside the organization made their jobs untenable.
McNeil reported using a “racist insult” during a Times-sponsored field trip with college students in 2019. Mills caused major embarrassment for the media giant when the podcast series Caliphate relied heavily on the claims of a man who had no connection with ISIS.
Baquet and Kahn wrote that McNeil “has done a lot of good reporting in four decades,” but added, “it’s the right next step.