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Guest: Jane Akre – Local Fox Reporter Fired For Story About Monsanto

Recently, Food Nation Radio Network interviewed Jane Akre, former reporter for Fox News 13 in Tampa Bay. She was fired for doing a story on Monsanto’s growth hormone used in dairy products known as rBGH. The Monsanto piece was never broadcast.

Here’s her story about what happened:

Jane Akre’s bio from her website:

My Background – I have been a journalist for nearly 30 years working as a broadcaster, anchor and reporter at stations all around the country as well as CNN. I’ve won numerous awards including the Society of Professional Journalists Award for Ethics as well as the Goldman Prize, North America 2001 for environmental reporting. My husband and I challenged News Corp after it tried to suppress a story about synthetic bovine growth hormone used in much of the nation’s dairy supply.

Understanding the way the FDA approved rBGH is very similar to the way some medical devices slip through critical scrutiny by a federal regulatory system that sometimes feels more like the tail wagging the dog. Our story was told in the film, The Corporation, see a clip (here). My bio appears on Journalism Juice website (here).

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Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food Nation Radio has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on FoodNationRadio.com and stations around the country.