West Virginia Public Broadcasting, partially supported with state taxpayer funds, recently faced claims from a part-time employee that it had retaliated against her because of her reporting about the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
William File of Beckley, chairman of the Educational Broadcasting Authority, issued a statement last week refuting reporter Amelia Knisely’s claims that she lost her job as a part-time public health reporter on December 20 because of her coverage of DHHR. Her stories focused on allegations that DHHR facilities failed to deliver proper care to disabled clients.
“WVPB stands by its reporting on the DHHR and will continue to report on the DHHR in the future,” Chairman File said. “Most importantly, it should be noted that Knisely was never fired, and as of the issuing of this statement she is still on the WVPB payroll.”
File’s statement was news to Ms. Knisely, who said her keycard and e-mail were deactivated.
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