‘Houston Chronicle’ Columnist Suspended


(AP) A Houston Chronicle sports columnist has been suspended without pay for a month after a recent column was found to be virtually identical to one he wrote in 1990 for another newspaper.

Mickey Herskowitz’s column last month about former UCLA coach John Wooden contained little new information and duplicated many phrases, the Chronicle (Click for QuikCap) said in an editor’s note published in its Sunday editions.

Herskowitz worked for the Houston Post for 30 years before becoming a columnist with the Chronicle in 1995, when the Post closed.

A further examination found other examples of short passages he wrote while working for the Post that later appeared in the Chronicle.

“I can’t tell you how idiotic and stupid I feel,” Herskowitz said in the editor’s note. “I have never lifted from anyone else. I apologize.”

The Chronicle said Herskowitz’s actions were not plagiarism but were bad form. Readers, the newspaper said, deserve original work and anything previously reported or quoted needs to be labeled as such.

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