BuzzFeed announces new White House correspondent after harassment-related firing

PoliticoTarini Parti.
  • BuzzFeed News announced Tarini Parti as the publication’s new White House correspondent.
  • She replaces Adrian Carrasquillo, who was fired after sending inappropriate messages to colleagues.

BuzzFeed News announced a new White House correspondent on Thursday.

In a memo obtained by Business Insider, BuzzFeed said the Capitol Hill reporter Tarini Parti would take over the White House beat in place of Adrian Carrasquillo, who was fired last month.

“She’s also an ultimate team player and has crucially contributed to a TON of smart team coverage from Alabama, to Capitol Hill, to reported analysis on Trump,” the Washington bureau chief Kate Nocera said in an email to staff. “I’m really excited about this.”

A veteran of organisations including BuzzFeed News and Politico, Parti has been one of the digital news organisation’s most aggressive political reporters, helping to break the stories like last month’s scoop that Rep. Ruben Kihuen propositioned a staffer for sex, as well as high-profile articles examining the world of Mar-a-Lago employees.

Tarini’s appointment comes several weeks after BuzzFeed’s former White House correspondent was fired following an internal investigation that found he’d sent inappropriate messages to colleagues. Carrasquillo later apologised, characterising the comments as a “crass and sexist attempt at a joke.”

“We are saddened by these circumstances, but we take these issues extremely seriously,” a company representative told Business Insider in December. “We’re committed to ensuring that BuzzFeed remains a place where everyone is treated respectfully by his or her peers.”

BuzzFeed News investigated several of its staffers after their names appeared on a Google spreadsheet first published by BuzzFeed News itself titled “S—-y Media Men,” which detailed unverified allegations against men in the media and publishing industries.

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