Reporter fired over Cincinnati Enquirer’s Chiquita series has record expunged

Gallagher in 1998

In 1998, Michael Gallagher pleaded guilty to two felony charges accusing him of accessing Chiquita’s voice-mail system for a hard-hitting series about the company. (It ran in an 18-page special section.) The Cincinnati Enquirer fired Gallagher, apologized to Chiquita Brands and paid it more than $10 million to avoid being sued.

The Enquirer reports today that Gallagher, who was sentenced to five years probation in 1998, had his record expunged last week by a Hamilton County judge. “Legally, that’s the same as saying Gallagher’s thefts, his conviction and sentence never happened,” writes Kimball Perry.

* Fired Cincinnati Enquirer reporter has his criminal record erased (

Stories from 1998:
* How Enquirer’s hard-hitting Chiquita investigation unraveled (AJR)
* Chiquita still under a cloud after Enquirer’s retreat (NYT)
* An apology to Chiquita (