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After rude joke, reporter Bobby Hughes 'no longer at KTVI'

After rude joke, reporter Bobby Hughes 'no longer at KTVI'

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Bobby Hughes, an overnight reporter/photographer for KTVI (Channel 2), no longer works for the station.

Hughes became the subject of a story because of a comment he made on July 22 that Hughes himself later characterized as "incredibly insensitive."

Suzie Mahe, a KTVI spokeswoman, said she could not comment on personnel matters, and would only say "Bobby Hughes no longer works here; he's no longer an employee of KTVI."

The situation began when the Gateway Pundit website posted a story on Facebook about Michael Brown's mother, Lezley McSpadden, possibly speaking at the Democratic National Convention. (Ultimately, she only appeared on the stage.)

The post generated numerous comments critical of McSpadden and Brown, with Hughes being among those commenters.

On Tuesday, the Ethical Society of Police, which represents black officers in the St. Louis Police Department, issued a press release to St. Louis media that brought attention to Hughes' comment.

Those comments already had been deleted and the Post-Dispatch could not verify the wording. Then on Wednesday morning, Hughes' comment became the subject of an exchange between current and former local reporter.

Later Tuesday evening, Hughes sent an apology to the police society, according to Anthony Gray, a spokesman for the police organization — and also an attorney for the Brown family.

The apology contained Hughes' "incredibly insensitive" description of his own remark, and also explained that his comment did not reflect the views of KTVI, Gray said.

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