Report: Washington Post suspends William Booth

The Wrap

The Washington Post has suspended William Booth, Alexander C. Kaufman reports. The Post apologized earlier this week, saying Booth lifted copy from an article by a University of Southern California professor in a story he wrote about the Panama Canal.

Booth is the paper's bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Kaufman has a letter from Post Executive Editor Marty Baron to Andrea Hricko, the professor to whose work Booth helped himself. The plagiarism "represented a serious violation of our ethics standards," Baron writes.

We are also taking severe and appropriate action with regard to the reporter, William Booth. Violations of The Washington Post's standards bring serious consequences.

"I believe that the Washington Post acted with integrity and responsibility in this case," Hricko told Kaufman.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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