A Food Critic’s Plagiarism Roils Richmond Journalism

Richmond Times-Dispatch executive editor Paige Mudd was about to go into a meeting last Thursday when she received a disturbing email. It was a tip that said Elliott Shaffner, who became the newspaper’s dining critic in January, had lifted passages from a 2011 LA Weekly restaurant story by the Pulitzer-winning critic Jonathan Gold in that day’s review of the New Grand Market in Midlothian, Virginia.

“I had to step out of the meeting and catch my breath because it was so alarming,” Mudd says.

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