OLD Media Moves

Fortune writer resigns amid plagiarism charge, apology

February 26, 2009

The next issue of Fortune magazine will have an apology for an article in the Feb. 2 issue of the magazine that allegedly plagiarized a 2004 New York Times magazine article, and the reporter, Barney Gimbel, has resigned from the business bi-weekly, according to the New York Observer.

John Koblin writes, “When the author of the Fortune story, a young, rising star at the magazine named Barney Gimbel, was presented with the two stories and the lifted passages during an internal investigation, he offered his resignation.

“He sent out an email to staffers Feb. 19 announcing that the next day would be his last.

“‘Hello all, I just wanted to let you know that Friday is my last day at Fortune,’ he wrote in an e-mail  ‘I have enjoyed working with all of you over the past few years and I will look forward to keeping in touch.’

“When we asked a Fortune spokesperson about his departure, she said: ‘We do not comment on personnel issues.'”

Read more here.

Gimbel joined the magazine in September 2004 as a general assignment writer and reporter. Since then he has penned feature stories on topics ranging from Iraqi reconstruction to ailing airlines, from Wall Street insider trading scandals to the first new railroad in 100 years. He has also spent time covering Hollywood, the Middle East and the travel industry.

In 2007, Gimbel was a recipient of the “NewsBios 30 Under 30” award, which showcases up-and-coming business reporters. He has also been guest on a variety of major television and radio outlets, including CNN, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC and NPR.

Subscribe to TBN

Receive updates about new stories in the industry daily or weekly.

Subscribe to TBN

Receive updates about new stories in the industry.