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WaPo suspends top reporter for ‘inappropriate workplace conduct’

The Washington Post suspended one of its top reporters Wednesday for engaging in “inappropriate workplace conduct” with past and current female employees.

Joel Achenbach, who covers science and politics, would be suspended for 90 days without pay after the newspaper investigated his behavior for two months, according to The Post.

“The Washington Post is committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment for all employees,” said Tracy Grant, The Post’s managing editor. “We will continue to investigate any allegations that come to light and will take further action if necessary.”

Grant didn’t comment further on the nature surrounding the allegations.

Achenbach, 57, apologized for his actions Wednesday.

“I’m very sorry to say that I’ve behaved badly and have been suspended by The Post for three months for inappropriate workplace conduct,” he said in a statement to the paper.

“I’ve said and done things that were unprofessional, and I apologize to the women affected by this and acknowledge their courage in speaking out,” he added.

Achenbach joined the paper in 1990 where he started the paper’s first online column.

His suspension comes after The New York Times reported Glenn Thrush, one of its White House correspondents, was accused of sexual misconduct when he worked for Politico.

Other journalists including Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer and Mark Halperin were booted from their television networks after multiple women accused them of sexual harassment.

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