Former NY Times Reporter Donald McNeil Slams the Paper in Four-Part Post About His Departure Following Racism Allegations

Former New York Times science and health reporter Donald McNeil has released his version of the events that led up to his departure from the newspaper in a fourpart post on Medium, pushing back against the allegations against him, cataloging a variety of grievances against the Times, and implying that he had been unfairly disciplined by Times management, perhaps because of his actions during union contract negotiations.

The Daily Beast reported in January that McNeil, as a Times representative on a 2019 trip with students to Peru, was accused of using racist language, making sexist remarks, not respecting local customs, and stereotyping Black teenagers while on the trip.

After the Beast report, McNeil, who
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