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US CBS News says it fired political director for inappropriate behavior

21:38  04 january  2018
21:38  04 january  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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a man holding a wine glass: Steve Chaggaris, shown here in 2012 when was executive editor in Washington for CBSNews.com. The network's political director since March 2017, he was fired by CBS News Thursday for © Chris Maddaloni, CQ-Roll Call, Inc. Steve Chaggaris, shown here in 2012 when was executive editor in Washington for CBSNews.com. The network's political director since March 2017, he was fired by CBS News Thursday for "inappropriate behavior," the network said.

CBS News has fired its political director after investigating reports of "inappropriate behavior," the network said Thursday.

Steve Chaggaris had served as CBS News' political director since March 2017 after being hired in 2012 as the Washington-based executive editor for CBSNews.com. He became senior political editor in 2014.

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"In the last two weeks, accounts of inappropriate behavior by Steve Chaggaris were brought to our attention and were immediately investigated," CBS News said in a statement. "As a result, CBS News has severed ties with Mr. Chaggaris for violating company policy, effective immediately."

CBS News hasn't named a replacement for Chaggaris, according to its own report on CBSNews.com Thursday.

The dismissal of Chaggaris, which CNN reported Wednesday night, comes six weeks after CBS fired Charlie Rose after claims of sexual misconduct by the CBS This Morning co-host were published in The Washington Post.

The incident is just the latest in a series of many men in media ousted after allegations of sexual misconduct. Among them were NBC's Today co-anchor Matt Lauer and Mark Halperin, a political analyst who appeared on NBC News and MSNBC.

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Chaggaris had previously been at CBS News from November 1999 to Jan 2010 as a producer on the CBS Evening News, and as director of political coverage (2007-2010).

In between his two periods at CBS News, he served as executive producer for elections at Yahoo and was a vice president for cable news at NewsChannel 8 in Washington, where he helped launch news website TBD.com.

A 1994 graduate of Ithaca (N.Y.) College, Chaggaris was a producer at C-Span for four years starting in July 1995.

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