Sara Morrison leaves The Wrap, will write for Atlantic Wire

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Sara Morrison, the sole media reporter for Hollywood news and gossip site The Wrap, is quitting her job.

Starting next week, she’ll be writing part-time for The Atlantic Wire in addition to seeking other freelance work.

“We are happy to have Sara back at the Wire,” Gabriel Snyder, editor of the Wire, told Capital in an email.

Morrison confirmed to Capital both that she is leaving The Wrap and will be writing part-time for Atlantic Wire, but otherwise declined to comment.

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Morrison began writing for Atlantic Wire in March of this year, while finishing up a one-year fellowship at The Columbia Journalism Review. (Disclosure: I worked with her there.)

But she stopped contributing to the Wire in June, after the CJR fellowship ended and she was hired by The Wrap to cover the media full-time. The Wrap’s previous media reporter, Alex Kaufman, had left a month earlier for FishbowlNY.

Morrison was technically an intern for the site, founded by former New York Times Hollywood reporter Sharon Waxman, until September, when she was officially named the site’s media reporter.

Her tenure at The Wrap was not without controversy. In August, Morrison wrote a story about the Pasadena, Calif. public radio station KPCC. Russ Stanton, the station’s vice president for content, alleged that the story was inaccurate and asked for a correction. When The Wrap refused to issue one, Stanton sent an angry email to Morrison, encouraging her to leave the site.

“So pass along my thanks to whoever is responsible for confirming my impressions of The Wrap's news report," he wrote to her in an email that she published on TheWrap.

“The best advice I can give you, Sara, and I mean this in all sincerity, is to ... get the hell out of there if you still have something resembling a positive reputation,” he continued.