Monday, September 19, 2011

Connie Schultz Resigns From the Plain Dealer

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM

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Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz resigned from the Plain Dealer today, citing continued issues with potential conflicts of interest regarding her journalistic duties as her husband, Senator Sherrod Brown, runs for re-election.

Schultz, a Pulitzer prize winning scribe who had been with the paper for 18 years, was recently under fire for covering a Tea Party event and a) Not mentioning that Josh Mandel, the prohibitive Republican candidate squaring off against her husband in the next election, was there, and b) Videotaping Mandel's speech.

She used her first column since moving back to the Metro pages to apologize.

After the jump, a portion of her note to colleagues and her readers. Click over to Cleveland.com for the rest.

In recent weeks, it has become painfully clear that my independence, professionally and personally, is possible only if I'm no longer writing for the newspaper that covers my husband's senate race on a daily basis. It's time for me to move on.

Editor Debra Adams Simmons has been incredibly supportive, and an inspiration to me. I am especially grateful for her unconditional commitment to the recent Agent Orange project, "Unfinished Business." Ellen Stein Burbach, my direct editor, has been my champion for more than a decade. Their faith in me was emboldening. Their guidance made me better. They will no longer be my editors, but they remain cherished friends.

I leave The Plain Dealer with gratitude, and plenty to do. I'm working on my next book, and will continue to write essays for Parade magazine. I'm still a columnist with Creators Syndicate, and I'll continue to focus on issues of social and economic justice. I'm weighing other options, and look forward to what comes next.

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