CHICAGO (AP)- Sun-Times Media says one of its photographers has been fired after admitting to fabricating names and quotes in a recurring feature that appeared in at least eight of its publications.

The publisher of the Sun-Times Media-owned Pioneer Press, Chris Krug, said in a statement that the fabrications occurred in the “Question of the Week” feature. He apologized to readers and said steps would be taken to ensure something similar won’t happen again.

The Chicago Sun-Times identified the photojournalist as Tamara Bell. The statement says she admitted to 22 fabrications.

The photos and captions appeared in some Pioneer Press publications and the Lake County News-Sun. Sun-Times Media also owns the Chicago Sun-Times.

A Chicago-area telephone for Bell didn’t answer. And there was no response to an e-mail sent to her Sunday.

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