Newscaster out 8 months after Martin Luther King slur

Dr. King
Civil rights icon Martin Luther King in 1964. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

A St. Louis newscaster who has been off the air since uttering what he called an unintentional racial slur while talking about Martin Luther King Jr. in January is now out of a job.

KTVI-TV general manager Kurt Krueger told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the station and Kevin Steincross parted ways “by mutual agreement.” Krueger declined to provide any additional information, citing it as a personnel matter.

Steincross does not have a listed phone number.

Steincross was discussing a tribute to the black civil rights leader on Jan. 17 when he referred to King as “Martin Luther coon Jr.” He apologized a few hours later, saying he accidentally misspoke.

The NAACP had urged the station to fire Steincross.