Grimes Resigns From Hampton Univ. J-School

By: Mark Fitzgerald

Charlotte Grimes, the journalism professor who stirred controversy by asserting Hampton University President William R. Harvey opposes teaching “muckraking” journalism, has resigned from the historically black university in Virginia.

Grimes made her comments to E&P and “Richard Prince’s Journal-isms” online media-news report just days after Hampton on Sept. 25 dedicated its Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications building, funded by a $10-million commitment by the E.W. Scripps Co.’s philanthropic foundation.

“I didn’t want to be a distraction from a very important discussion about the journalism school’s mission,” she said from her home. “I didn’t want the controversy to be about me, because it’s not about me.”

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