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NBC published 11 articles with plagiarized content

NBC News has published nearly a dozen articles with plagiarized material, the company announced on May 2.

NBC said a review found 11 articles written in the past year by a reporter “that did not meet our standards for original material.”

“The articles contained passages from other news outlets which were used without attribution,” the company said in a statement.

In each article, plagiarized passages were removed and an editor’s note was added, according to NBC.

The company’s statement did not name the reporter or link to the stories.

The Epoch Times has confirmed that the reporter is Teaganne Finn and the stories include a Feb. 16 story about a Democratic organization and a Feb. 8 story about the Child Tax Credit.

The editor’s notes now at the top of the articles state that NBC determined that passages in earlier versions of the articles “were not properly attributed to their original source and did not meet our standards for original material.” .

Passages were excerpted from The Associated Press and WESH-TV, among others, without attribution, according to an Epoch Times review of previous versions of the stories.

The incriminated passages are always contained in versions of the articles republished by other sites like Yahoo!.

Journalists caught plagiarizing are usually fired.

Several phone calls to the NBC press office went unanswered, and no voicemail could be left because the mailbox was full. Questions sent by e-mail were not returned.

Messages to Finn have not been answered.

Rod Hicks, director of ethics and diversity at the Society of Professional Journalists, told The Epoch Times in an email that integrity is essential for journalists.

“Any professional journalist who collects information and disseminates it to the public should be guided by this principle in all aspects of their work. This includes producing original works and not passing off someone else’s words as their own. Any ethical breach has the potential to damage the reputation of the journalist who committed it, their employer and the press in general,” he said.

Based in Washington, Finn graduated from Hobart and William Smith colleges with a Bachelor of Arts in 2016 and a year later earned a master’s degree in public affairs and journalism from American University.

Before graduating, she worked for the Washington Post as an intern. She then held jobs at WJLA-TV and Bloomberg before starting with NBC in July 2021.

“Teaganne Finn briefly worked at the Post as part of a program that brings American University students into our newsroom. She did not write or publish any stories during her time with us. She called law enforcement, obtained court records, and filed public information requests to gather leads for reporters to pursue,” a Washington Post spokeswoman told The Epoch Times in an email.

WJLA-TV and Bloomberg did not respond to requests for comment.


Zachary Stieber covers US and world news. He is based in Maryland.