Veteran reporter in Massachusetts a serial fabulist

David Paulin
As journalistic fabulists go, Cape Cod Times reporter Karen Jeffrey had a long run, writing myriad stories over the years in which she made up people and quotes. Her denouement was announced on Wednesday by Publisher Peter Meyer and editor Paul Pronovost. In a lengthy apology to readers, they described how they caught the 59-year-old Jeffrey, and provided examples of her deceit, writing: "In an audit of her work, Times editors have been unable to find 69 people in 34 stories since 1998, when we began archiving stories electronically." They added: "The stories with suspect sourcing were typically lighter fare - a story on young voters, a story on getting ready for a hurricane, a story on the Red Sox home opener - where some or all of the people quoted cannot be located." Jeffrey was fired on Tuesday. She started in 1981 at the Hyannis-based daily, which also covers Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Interestingly, her undoing came about because of a story ...(Read Full Post)

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