Sinclair Broadcast group, which has made waves in recent years with its right-leaning political commentary, recently fired a young popular reporter at a local news station due to her battle with cancer.
Alex George wrote on her Twitter account on Friday, "Hi all, I want to clarify for those who asked. I want to assure you that treatment is going incredibly well. The decision was not made by me it was @WeAreSinclair. They terminated my contract."
The 22-year-old Ms. George had made an emotional announcement live in early May that she had been diagnosed at a local hospital with a malignant tumor. She vowed to "go home to Philadelphia, get treatment and kick cancer's butt and come right back here."
She said, "The people here and in this community have become ingrained in my life. Hopefully, I'll be back soon here in Chattanooga."
George was notified by Sinclair on November 19 that she was terminated, and her profile is no longer on the station’s website.
The Chattanoogan noted the station’s general manager, Mike Costa, announced his resignation just one week later, offering no specific reason for his departure after 14 years in the position.