When Michelle Zaslow, 35, first heard about her dream job as a media executive, she thought she had been offered a cushy job at CNN or The Wall Street Journal.
But then the news of a man named Kevin McHugh’s death struck.
“I thought, What the hell?” said Zaslows husband, James, who has since co-founded an advertising company with Zaslonews daughter.
“We didn’t know what was going on with him.
I didn’t have a clue.”
The day after McHugh died, Zasluys husband, an executive at a major media conglomerate, emailed her to let her know about his death and how he was laid off.
“It hit me like a ton of bricks,” Zaslims husband said.
“There’s a big hole in our family.”
He said the family is devastated.
They are still trying to come to terms with the loss.
“We’ve had a lot of people tell us we’re crazy to think that this could happen to us,” Zaspold said.
Zaslow, who grew up in Washington, D.C., and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland, Maryland, began her career as a journalist and worked in local newsrooms in Maryland and the District before she was hired by CNN in 2007.
But as the network began to gain national attention, the network fired her in 2010 after it learned she had a history of sexual misconduct.
Zazlow, who worked as an unpaid prostitute, said she felt she was being punished for her journalism and said she was not even allowed to have her phone number.
“I thought that they were punishing me because I was reporting on sex workers,” she said.
Zaslo was fired after her story, “The Price of Beauty,” went viral.
“The story was going viral and it was like the tipping point,” she recalled.
“It was just a complete shock to me.
I was a reporter, a reporter who had never reported anything before.”
She had been told to keep quiet about the incident until the investigation was complete.
She said she knew the investigation would be tough and that the network was going to have to do more to deal with the fallout.
“They had to do something,” she told The Associated Press.
But she didn’t immediately call back.”
Zaslow said she eventually was told to call back with the information that led to her termination.
But she didn’t immediately call back.
Zzlo, who is Jewish and the daughter of Jewish immigrants, said her first thought was that the decision to fire her had been made at the highest levels of the company, but she also was surprised.”
A CNN spokesperson said that it takes all allegations of sexual harassment and assault seriously and takes them very seriously.””
My husband told me that they fired him because he reported something, but I don’t think he said anything.”
A CNN spokesperson said that it takes all allegations of sexual harassment and assault seriously and takes them very seriously.
“At CNN, we have a long history of addressing the issue of sexual assault on our campus, including in our reporting,” the statement said.
“In the aftermath of Kevin’s death, we reached out to Michelle to provide support to the family and all impacted by the tragedy.
We will continue to work with the Zaslyns and our colleagues at CNN and across the media industry to ensure that all of our colleagues feel safe in the workplace.”ABC News reached out for comment to the company but did not receive a response in time for publication.ABC News’ Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report.