NPR Roasted for Announcing Maria Taylor is Leaving ESPN with Photo of Kimberley Martin: ‘They Just Chose a Random Black Woman’

Maria Taylor, via screenshot

After being reported for weeks, ESPN and host Maria Taylor released a joint announcement Wednesday morning, stating both sides were unable to reach a new contract agreement.

NPR aggregated the news, but they did so with one epic blunder, using a photo of Taylor’s ESPN colleague Kimberley A. Martin. Martin tweeted a screenshot of the mistake, promising that the photo NPR used is of her, not her departing colleague Maria Taylor.

I promise you, @NPR … That’s *not* Maria Taylor. It’s me.

— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) July 21, 2021

NPR has corrected the error and apologized – chalking up the mistake to an incorrect AP caption.

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