Monty Cook, hired this summer by the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communications to lead an innovative online news operation, resigned Tuesday amid allegations that he has sent sexually explicit messages to a female student.
Cook, a UNC alumnus, left The Baltimore Sun as senior vice president and editor earlier this year to take a post as executive producer of UNC-CH's Reese Felts Digital News Project.
Journalism School Dean Jean Folkerts said that the situation came to light last Friday evening when the student's former boyfriend confronted him about the texts. Cook alerted Folkerts, who immediately engaged human resources and the university's lawyers.
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