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East Valley Tribune Plagiarist Wrote for Several Joints in Town, Including Arizona Republic/12 News, KPHO

UPDATE, September 7: KPHO responds after the break

See also: ASU Student Plagiarized Articles for East Valley Tribune and State Press

It turns out that Raquel Velasco, the Arizona State University student called out by the East Valley Tribune and the State Press for plagiarism, actually wrote for a few more Valley media outlets in her likely short-lived journalism career.

She's deleted her social media profiles, but her personal website's still up, which links to a few of her stories during her time as an intern at KPHO Channel 5 and the Arizona Republic/12 News partnership.

Her résumé also lists a job she had with the City of Phoenix for a few months, doing work for its TV station, PHX11, and for the city's public-relations unit.

There didn't seem to be any apparent plagiarism in the stuff she linked to from her website, but we sent emails to editors at KPHO and the Republic to get their say.

We haven't received an immediate response from either the Republic.

UPDATE: KPHO news director Michelle Donaldson tells New Times that she hasn't found any instances of plagiarism as she's looking through Velasco's pieces from her time as an intern. Despite what Velasco's résumé says, Donaldson says Velasco was an intern there from late June 2011 to August 2011, not "May 2011 - Aug. 2012," as the résumé says. She notes that Velasco was not a "breaking news reporter," because that title doesn't exist. She didn't have any other title aside from "intern."

A commenter also pointed out yesterday that Velasco claims to be one of the President Barack Obama Scholars, which is one of the very general scholarship programs at ASU.

The Tribune announced yesterday that one of the paper's former interns plagiarized several articles while she was "working" there during the spring semester, but avoided dropping her name in the online post about it.

The Tribune's acting managing editor didn't respond to our email yesterday.

Velasco's reproductions were mostly taken down from the Tribune's website, but the other media outlet that called her out -- ASU's student newspaper, the State Press -- seems to have put out retractions for every single article.

According to her résumé, Velasco -- who is, or was, a student at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication -- interned at the Republic from August 2011 to December 2012 (she probably meant 2011), at KPHO from May 2011 to August 2012 (again, probably 2011) and was at PHX11 from January 2011 to May 2011.



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