Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New emails appear to to confirm former Miami Herald reporter had affair with education figure she covered

The Miami Herald published an article Tuesday including new emails which provide more evidence a former Miami Herald reporter had an affair with a school administrator she covered while employed by the Miami Herald.

New e-mails have surfaced that appear to further implicate new Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho in a romantic relationship with a former Miami Herald reporter -- only days before the School Board is expected to vote on Carvalho's $275,000 contract.

Carvalho, a longtime school district administrator, has repeatedly denied any romance with former Herald education reporter Tania deLuzuriaga, who covered the Miami-Dade schools from October 2006 to September 2007. He has described their relationship as friendly but professional.

But new e-mails sent anonymously to The Herald suggest a more intimate relationship. In one purported message on July 18, 2007 -- which the school district said it could not authenticate -- Carvalho appears to tell deLuzuriaga: ''I love and miss you too,'' in response to a message from her.

A message that appears to be sent from Carvalho's BlackBerry on Sept. 20, 2007, says: ''Good morning love.'' The message was dated six days after deLuzuriaga resigned from The Herald to take a job at the Boston Globe.

Carvalho, 44, issued a statement Monday calling the latest e-mails a distraction and a ''personal attack.'' He did not specifically address whether the messages were authentic.

A "distraction"? Since when did bringing up legitimate issues become a distraction? Maybe Carvalho is taking his cues from this guy. It looks like the reporter's career in journalism is finished, but Carvalho is poised to get a high-paying position -- even though it's obvious he hasn't come clean about the relationship. That doesn't seem right.


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