LA Mayor's Anchor Lover Suspended

TV station probes ethics of journalist's coverage despite liaison
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 6, 2007 5:29 AM CDT
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his estranged wife Corina.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Telemundo officials yesterday suspended Mirthala Salinas, the Los Angeles TV reporter and anchor who covered of the break-up of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's marriage even while she was having an affair with him. Salinas was placed on a leave of absence while the Spanish-language broadcaster investigates whether she breached journalistic ethics, the Los Angeles Times reports.

News executives were upset that the anchor hired a public relations firm and issued a statement without her bosses' approval, sources told the Times. Villaraigosa, who began his relationship with Salinas last year, separated from his wife of 20 years last month.