Tennessee university fires reporter after lawmakers complain
By Associated Press
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A reporter for a radio station at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been fired after state lawmakers complained she failed to disclose her presence during a meeting on a state transgender bathroom bill.
The Chattanooga Times-Free Press (http://bit.ly/2nfiEW3 ) reports lawmakers said WUTC-FM reporter Jacqui Helbert failed to properly identify herself as a reporter during meetings March 7 between lawmakers and a group of high school students.
Helbert says she wore a press ID badge at the Capitol, was carrying radio equipment and she never concealed her intentions.
University spokesman George Heddleston says in a statement the university's decision to fire Helbert was "based on a violation of journalism ethics."
The students were advocating against the bathroom bill, which failed to make it out of the Senate Education Committee.