Why the Columnist Who Writes About Race in Spokane Got Scooped on Dolezal

by: Kelly McBride | Poynter

Shawn Vestal, a newspaper columnist in Spokane, Washington, had just cleared his decks to start checking out Rachel Dolezal’s story when he got scooped last week. But Vestal wasn’t looking into whether Dolezal was black. Instead, he was asking whether her story of being a hate crime victim was real.

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