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Boston Globe Names New Columnists

October 22, 1998

BOSTON (AP) _ Two longtime reporters for The Boston Globe were named Thursday as replacements for ousted columnists Patricia Smith and Mike Barnicle.

Brian McGrory and Adrian Walker will begin writing metro columns on Dec. 6, Editor Matthew V. Storin said.

The two replace popular columnists Barnicle and Smith, both of whom left the paper over questions about their credibility.

Smith resigned in June after she admitted making up characters in four of her columns. Barnicle, long the paper’s marquee columnist, resigned Aug. 19 amid suspicions he fabricated a tear-jerker column about two children hospitalized with cancer.

Barnicle already was serving a suspension for lifting material from a best-selling book by comedian George Carlin at the time.

McGrory, 36, joined the Globe in 1989. The Boston native covered general assignment stories before becoming the paper’s roving national reporter in 1995. He began covering the White House a year later.

Walker is also 36 and joined the Globe in 1989. Among other positions, the Miami native has been the City Hall bureau chief and was a deputy political editor before becoming a Statehouse reporter last year.

``Their respective bylines have appeared atop hundreds of the most important and best-reported stories from the region,″ said Walter V. Robinson, assistant managing editor. ``These are two very talented reporters ... they have great, great skills as newspapermen.″

McGrory’s columns will appear Tuesdays and Fridays. Walker’s columns will appear Thursdays and Saturdays. The columns of Eileen McNamara will appear Wednesdays and Sundays.

Critics of the decision to fire Smith accused the Globe of practicing a double standard for initially suspending Barnicle, who is white, just weeks after forcing out Smith, who is black. Walker is also black.

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