USA Today scrubbed nearly two dozen stories from its website after being alerted that quotes used in those articles may have been pulled out of thin air.
“After receiving an external correction request, USA TODAY audited the reporting work of Gabriela Miranda,” the news outlet said online Thursday. “The audit revealed that some individuals quoted were not affiliated with the organizations claimed and appeared to be fabricated.”
The reporter in question has resigned, USA Today said. The names of the stories pulled from the web indicate that they ran the gamut from celebrity and culture news to U.S. politics and the war in Ukraine. Dozens of Miranda’s stories labeled “My Recent Work” remain on the site dating back to the start of February.
She has not responded to a comment request submitted through her website.
Once the most widely circulated newspaper in the country, USA Today has seen a steep decline at the newsstand in recent years while working to strengthen its digital footprint.