New Concerns About Kelley at ‘USA Today’

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(AP) USA Today has found new concerns about the reporting of Jack Kelley, a star foreign correspondent who was forced to resign last week after trying to mislead his editors during an internal investigation into his work.

In a story in Wednesday editions, USA Today reported that the newspaper learned on Tuesday about similarities between a Sept. 2, 1998 story of Kelly’s from Pakistan about small arms dealers and one that was published in The Washington Post two months earlier.

USA Today Editor Karen Jurgensen was quoted as saying that her review of the two stories raised “significant concerns” and that the newspaper intended to review the situation and report back to its readers.

A lawyer representing Kelley, Lynne Bernabei, told the newspaper that any concerns that Kelley may have committed plagiarism were unfounded.

The USA Today story was published one day after the newspaper ran a lengthy statement from its editors about Kelley in which they said the reporter had resigned after he tried to deceive editors looking into a story he wrote from the former Yugoslavia in 1999.

Kelley said in a short statement published in the newspaper Tuesday that he regretted the mistake he made in the course of the investigation but said he stood by the stories he published during his 21 years at the newspaper.

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