After FTVLive posted the story on Friday about WXIA Reporter Valerie Hoff, she was fired.....errrrrr... "resigned" from the Tegna station.
Hoff was trying to get permission to use video that was posted on social media of a cop punching a black motorist at a traffic stop.
When Hoff reached out to a black man on Twitter, she referred to herself as "news nigga." Huff is white and the person she was messaging did not appreciate her using the N-word in the conversation.
FTVLive was the FIRST to post a screen shot of the online conversation.
Despite the fact that this all happened a couple of weeks ago, Tegna did not take any action against Hoff, until the story FIRSt appeared on FTVLive.
WXIA GM John Deushane released this message after the FTVLive story and Hoff's "resignation": “11Alive does not tolerate any form of racial insensitivity and aggressively enforces our standard policies. We acted promptly to address this situation. Valerie Hoff has chosen to resign and apologizes for her actions.11Alive is committed to treating the communities we serve with dignity and respect.”
Hoff admitted that her message was offensive and has apologized for it. she also says that she has no plans to get back into TV news at this time.
“I look forward to being a stay-at-home mom,” Hoff added,
As for her N-word comment, Hoff says, "“It was incredibly stupid and reckless. I was in the middle of a pressure-filled day trying to chase down the video of a man being beaten and kicked by two Gwinnett police officers, which this particular gentleman had posted on twitter. I repeatedly apologized and continue to do so. I also offered to resign immediately.”
Well....not exactly "immediately"....as we said FTVLive posted the story a couple of weeks after her comments were made online.
Her resignation came "immediately" after the FTVLive story was published and a number of phone calls took place between Tegna suits.