Several months after her controversial column was removed from its website, Emma Gilbey Keller has formally resigned from The Guardian.
"I haven't written for The Guardian by my own choice since they took my column down in January before contacting or consulting me," Keller told Poynter in an email. "I thought long and hard about whether or not to continue working for them and eventually decided to resign, which I formally did last month."
The Guardian confirmed Keller's resignation.
Keller was a Guardian contributor since January 2012, hosting its lifestyle series "The Living Hour" among other duties. In January of this year, Keller wrote
about the public way Lisa Bonchek Adams, who has Stage 4 breast cancer, was chronicling her experience with the disease over Twitter and on her blog.
Several days later, her husband, former New York Times executive editor and columnist Bill Keller, also wrote a column
about Adams. Neither column was particularly sympathetic to Adams – many thought they came off as critical (especially Bill's, which implied that people with cancer were more heroic if they suffered in stoic silence) – and Adams herself expressed her displeasure with both columns. Emma's, she said, used quotes that Adams gave months ago as part of what she thought was a private conversation. Adams said she had no idea Keller was planning on writing about her until the column went online. She also said both articles contained inaccuracies; the Times column sported a correction
about the number of Adams' kids.
Emma's article was soon taken down
, and a column
from Guardian's reader's editor Chris Elliott explained why: