Investigative reporter Gary Webb, who exposed the link between the CIA and the crack cocaine epidemic in his groundbreaking "Dark Alliance" series, officially resigned from the San Jose Mercury News.
The resignation followed a settlement between Webb and the newspaper over a grievance Webb filed over his transfer from the paper’s Sacramento bureau to its suburban Cupertino office. He was transferred after the publication of his 1996 "Dark Alliance" series, which linked the rise of crack cocaine in urban America with the CIA and the US-organized contra army in Nicaragua.
While the series struck a sympathetic chord throughout much of urban America, it also provoked a fierce reaction from the media establishment, which denounced the series. Following the controversy, San Jose Mercury News executive editor Jerry Ceppos demoted Webb to the suburban.
- Gary Webb, formerly a reporter with the San Jose Mercury News.