New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush to be dismissed from White House beat after suspension

New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush works in the Brady Briefing Room after being excluded from a press gaggle by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, on February 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush works in the Brady Briefing Room after being excluded from a press gaggle by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, on February 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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  • New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush will remain suspended until late January, following an internal investigation on allegations of sexual misconduct.
  • Following his suspension, he will be removed from The Times’ White House beat.

Glenn Thrush, one of the The New York Times’ leading political reporters, will remain suspended until late January. When he returns, he will no longer report on the White House, following sexual misconduct allegations from four women, according to a Times report published Wednesday.

His scheduled ban on covering the White House comes about a month after Vox published the accounts of four women who said that Thrush, then a rising star in journalism, behaved inappropriately with acts ranging from “unwanted groping and kissing to wet kisses out of nowhere.”

Following the report, an “aggressive investigation” led by The Times included questioning around 30 current and former colleagues during Thrush’s time at The Times and Politico. In its investigation, The Times said it determined that Thrush “behaved in ways that we do not condone,” but did not warrant a firing from the company.

“While we believe that Glenn has acted offensively, we have decided that he does not deserve to be fired,” executive editor Dean Baquet said in The Times.

The sexual misconduct allegations against Thrush come amid a wave of similar reports from women spanning a multitude of industries in recent months, many of which included bombshell original reporting from The Times’ own staff.

“We understand that our colleagues and the public at large are grappling with what constitutes sexually offensive behavior in the workplace and what consequences are appropriate,” Baquet continued. “Each case has to be evaluated based on individual circumstances. We believe this is an appropriate response to Glenn’s situation.”

As one of The Times’ six reporters covering the White House, Thrush began writing for the newspaper in January, and has since delivered intricate details on the Trump administration’s inner workings, along with Times reporter Maggie Haberman, another figurehead in political journalism.

Thrush, who has reportedly been undergoing counseling and attending a substance-abuse rehabilitation program, has stayed under the public radar and declined to comment on the matter on multiple occasions.

“I apologize to any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately,” Thrush said in a previous statement to Vox. “Any behavior that makes a woman feel disrespected or uncomfortable is unacceptable.”