Emmy Award-winning 11Alive News anchor and consumer reporter, Valerie Hoff, has lost her job after she jokingly used the N-word in a private Twitter message on April 13.
Hoff was having the Twitter conversation with a Twitter user named Curtis Rivers, apologizing to him for using the N-word, but Curtis Rivers ended the conversation asking how he can contact her manager or lawyer.
Their exchange began when Rivers posted footage of Gwinnett County Police Department officer Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni punching student Demetrius Hollins in the face during a traffic stop.
Admitting her fault, the Atlanta reporter says, “I was quoting something the gentleman said in a public tweet back to him in a private message but that doesn’t make it any less offensive… It was incredibly stupid and reckless. I was in the middle of a pressure-filled day trying to chase down the video of a man being beaten and kicked by two Gwinnett police officers, which this particular gentleman had posted on Twitter. I repeatedly apologized and continue to do so. I also offered to resign immediately. I look forward to being a stay-at-home mom, and working on my food and travel Blog, ValerieHoff.com this summer.“