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Houston Chronicle Retracts Reports, Issues Corrections Due To Fabricated Information

An outside investigator reviewed reporter Mike Ward’s notes and lists of contacts and found 44 percent of people quoted in his stories didn’t appear to exist.

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The Houston Chronicle has retracted eight reports and issued corrections in multiple others, saying they were based on fabricated information.

The retractions came after a months-long investigation revealed a reporter allegedly made up some of the people in his stories.

An outside investigator, with a team of researchers, combed through veteran politics reporter Mike Ward's reporting notes and lists of contacts.

They also cross-checked names quoted in his articles for the Houston Chronicle with public databases such as LexisNexis.

The team found 44 percent of people quoted in Ward's stories didn’t appear to exist. For example, one story about changing demographics in West Houston quoted 10 people, six of them could not be found.

Ward resigned earlier this year while the investigation was underway.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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