Sun-Times fires photographer for making up names and quotes for ‘Question of the Week’ feature

A longtime photographer for Sun-Times Media’s Pioneer Press – a chain of suburban weeklies — was fired on Thursday after admitting to fabricating quotes and names for the papers’ “Question of the Week” feature.

Tamara Bell

Sun-Times Media confronted Tamara Bell, 40, after getting a reader complaint and she admitted to 22 fabrications. A Sun-Times investigation found “at least 43 photos and related captions that ran in 11 separate ‘Question of the Week’ features since March were found to be problematic.”

Bell joined Sun-Times Media in 2000 after working a year at The Times of Northwest Indiana.

* Sun-Times Media photographer fired (Chicago Tribune)
* Sun-Times Media fires photographer for using fake names and quotes (Sun-Times)
* Publisher’s note to readers | Tamara Bell Photography website