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

In April of 2013 Elizabeth Dougherty from Food and Travel Nation spoke with Jane Akre, a former reporter for Fox 13, WTVT-TV in Tampa Bay.

Along with her now former husband Steve Wilson, their landmark story of journalists being FIRED for telling the truth was included in the  documentary, The Corporation

Ms. Akre spoke with us about their never-aired story on bovine growth hormone (rBGH).

As WTVT-TV is owned BY the Fox Television Corporation, the decision NOT to air their story and then to fire them came from the biggest names in the news industry.  Their firings led to a wrongful termination lawsuit against Fox.

Here’s her story with the information about what happened to her:

You can find this and other interviews in the Food and Travel Nation Interview Archives.

Jane Akre’s bio from her website:

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).

About elizabethd

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.

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