Trudy Tynan, AP Reporter, Fired in Massachusetts

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By: E&P Staff

An Associated Press reporter has been fired from the news service’s Springfield, Mass., bureau for allegedly using an old quote in a story, according to the Boston Herald.

Veteran AP correspondent Trudy Tynan, whom the Herald described as “a well-known figure in Western Massachusetts media circles,” is reportedly challenging the action through her union.

“Trudy Tynan no longer works for the AP,” Managing Editor Michael Silverman told the Herald Wednesday. An official at the News Media Guild, which represents AP reporters, confirmed to the paper that Tynan was fired, and that a grievance is underway. “We’re asking questions and trying to get the information,” Guild President Tony Winton said.

But both the AP and the Guild declined to offer further information on the circumstances surrounding Tynan’s dismissal. Tynan also declined to comment.

A local alternative newspaper, Boston’s Weekly Dig, reported that Tynan was let go for allegedly reusing a quote from a story she had written 10 years earlier, the Herald said. But that paper also says Tynan claims the same quote was repeated in two separate interviews.

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