After racy emails between the Wall Street Journal’s Money & Investing reporter Gina Chon and Brett McGurk, President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Iraq, became public last week, Chon has resigned.Chon and McGurk have been the subject of media and public scrutiny ever since a series of racy emails the two sent in 2008, when Chon was a Baghdad correspondent for the WSJ and McGurk was a senior advisor for then-President Bush, were published online. The two are now married, but at the time of their exchange McGurk was a source for Chon and was still married to his former wife, according to media reports.
The Journal released the following statement, from Talking Biz News:
Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon agreed to resign this afternoon after acknowledging that while based in Iraq she violated the Dow Jones Code of Conduct by sharing certain unpublished news articles with Brett McGurk, then a member of the U.S. National Security Council in Iraq.
In 2008 Ms. Chon entered into a personal relationship with Mr. McGurk, which she failed to disclose to her editor. At this time the Journal has found no evidence that her coverage was tainted by her relationship with Mr. McGurk.
Ms. Chon joined the Journal in 2005 in Detroit, followed by an assignment as Iraq correspondent in Baghdad from 2007 to 2009. She also reported for the Journal from Haiti in 2010 in the aftermath of the earthquake and has served as a M&A reporter for Money & Investing in New York since April 2010.
See how it all unfolded: A WSJ Money & Investing Reporter Exchanged Racy Emails With Obama’s Nominee For Ambassador To Iraq
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