Hospital fails to tell paper that woman doing 'fantastic' after treatment had died

Wisconsin State Journal

The Wisconsin State Journal told readers last week about a new treatment for brain aneurysms and quoted Susan Baker Kiconas saying she was "just amazed at the opportunity" to get the treatment. "I feel fantastic," she added. In fact, Kiconas had died a week before the story was published. "The failure to disclose this information was wrong and we regret that it occurred," says a UW Hospital spokeswoman. The woman's 21-year-old daughter accepted a State Journal reporter's apology for writing about the apparent success of her mother's procedure without knowing of the death.

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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