TV Reporter Quits After Allegedly Using The N-Word During Conversation

Lauren Podell allegedly told a colleague during an off-air conversation that she was tired of covering "n*****s killing each other.”



A local NBC news reporter in Detroit, Michigan, resigned after she allegedly used the n-word.

BLAC Detroit reports WDIV-TV’s Lauren Podell used the racial slur during an officer conversation with either a crew member or a producer.

“I’m tired of reporting on these n*****s killing each other in Detroit,” she said, according to the magazine.

Podell’s resignation was WDIV-TV in an email from the news station’s vice president and general manager, Marla Drutz. It was also shared by the Huffington Post’s front page editor, Philip Lewis, on Twitter.


Podell was also criticized in 2013 when she used the f-word on-air as she struggled with some broadcast equipment.

“I don’t have [interruptible feedback], I don’t know when we’re going, neither does Jim, I can’t get this f***ing in there!” she had said.

Despite Podell’s resignation, local community activists Rev. W.J. Rideout and Sam Riddle are calling for a boycott of the channel.

"We've got to check the attitudes, because if hate is embedded in those that report it's going to reflect in how they cover stories," Riddle told Fox2Detroit.


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