former journalists discuss a profession in crisis

Beverley Lumpkin

When drapes suddenly hid the naked breasts of the statues in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice under Attorney General John Ashcroft, it was ABC News reporter Beverley Lumpkin who broke the story. Respected by her peers for her in-depth understanding of the agency, Lumpkin often was hamstrung by her network, ABC, where she confronted both sex and age discrimination. Laid off after 23 years at the network, she did brief stints at CBS News and the Associated Press, only to return to the Justice Department as a public affairs officer who works on special projects for both Attorney General Eric Holder and other senior Department officials.

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