After more than three years with Style Weekly, staff reporter Chris Dovi unfortunately is no longer with us. Following some interaction with a public relations professional, Chris wrote an e-mail to his editor and referred to the caller's client, a motivational speaker with a disability, in language that violated the core values we hold sacred at Style. While he was regretful for the e-mail, it showed an unacceptable disregard for one of our chief missions at Style: to honor diversity as a company in all of our dealings with the community, and within Style's hallways.
During his time at Style Weekly, Chris delivered to our readers work on the Americans With Disabilities Act and efforts to enforce it at Richmond Public Schools; stories on issues faced by at-risk and disabled children and the homeless; the health situation at Richmond City Jail; and helped organize the annual Hamaganza, a show that raises money for the Central Virginia Food Bank.
We have reached out to motivational speaker William Weeks and apologized to him for the former reporter's action.
Lori Waran, Publisher
Jason Roop, Editor in Chief