Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
Tuft outside the Post-Dispatch in 2006.
Veteran reporter Carolyn Tuft
is stepping down from the Post-Dispatch
first got wind of Tuft's departure earlier this week. We've been unable to get in touch with Tuft, but today Post-Dispatch
editor Arnie Robbins
responded to our query to confirm that Tuft is indeed leaving the paper.
During her 18-year stint at the daily, Tuft earned awards and recognition for her investigative work exposing fraud and corruption. In 2005 Tuft herself became news when her editors issued an apology
over follow-up stories she penned regarding a 2003 series on the financial excesses of the Fenton-based Joyce Meyer Ministries.
Her editors -- including Robbins -- wrote in the apology that Tuft's follow-up articles on Meyer did not meet the paper's "standards for fairness and accuracy."
Many of Tuft's colleagues, meanwhile, believed the apology was made in an attempt to avoid a lawsuit as the paper was being sold to Lee Enterprises. Another theory was that the apology was retaliation for Tuft accusing a colleague of sexual harassment
A federal labor arbitrator later ruled that the paper had to reimburse Tuft for the two-day suspension she received as a result of the Meyer series but let stand the
576-word apology editors issued on the reporting.
Since then, Tuft has been relegated primarily to writing for the paper's website. In an email to Post-Dispatch
staff yesterday, her editors said Tuft was leaving due to health concerns. That email follows...
The email sent yesterday to Post-Dispatch staff:
After 18 years at the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch, Carolyn Tuft is resigning for health reasons.
produced some truly memorable journalism, with her stories often leading
Post's front page and STLtoday's home page.
Carolyn joined the
Post-Dispatch in September 1992 from the Belleville News-Democrat. She
Jefferson County and St. Louis City Hall, before producing a series of
Carolyn's watchdog reporting has:
helped free a man who'd been wrongfully convicted of murder.
the fund-raising peculiarities of the Joyce Meyer Ministries.
the phantom work hours of deputies in the St. Louis Sheriff's
-- uncovered fraud in the infamous St. Louis "Midnite
-- uncovered fraud in the St. Louis Housing Authority.
And those are just to name a few. For the past two years,
worked as an online reporter, helping STLtoday and the Post-Dispatch get
on the Coleman murders in Columbia, Ill., the mysterious exploding house
Pontoon Beach and many other stories long remembered by readers.
Carolyn the best in her post-Post life as she enjoys spending time with
husband, three sons and one grandson.
-- Mandy St.
Amand, Steve Parker
This post initially suggested that the editor's apology was as a result of Tuft's original series on Joyce Meyer. It was not. The apology was made over follow-up stories published two years later.