Valerie Hoff, a reporter at Atlanta’s WXIA-TV, resigned Saturday following a dustup over her use of the N-word in a private message to a black man while requesting permission to use the man’s Twitter video in a feature story.
“I was quoting something the gentleman said in a public tweet back to him in a private message but that doesn’t make it any less offensive,” Hoff told Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after her resignation.
“It was incredibly stupid and reckless,” she said. “I was in the middle of a pressure-filled day trying to chase down the video of a man being beaten and kicked by two Gwinnett police officers, which this particular gentleman had posted on Twitter. I repeatedly apologized and continue to do so. I also offered to resign immediately.”