A little over two years ago, I was sitting in my office with reporter Reed Albergotti and our managing editor Martin Peers wrestling with how to tell the story about the interoffice romances at Google that were long rumored but never published.
Reed had new reporting about Alphabet’s chief legal officer David Drummond’s relationship with a subordinate. But figuring out what was newsworthy and how to frame it was very complicated. For one, we were told the relationship was consensual. But the woman worked in his department and had been removed from her role once the relationship was revealed. We thought it was newsworthy.