Can competing reporters who happen to be married to each other share their interviews and quotes?

NPR’s South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro and The Times of London’s James Hider both covered stories on layoffs in Itaborai, Brazil, in the aftermath of a corruption scandal involving Brazil’s state oil company Petrobras. NPR’s ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen addresses that the stories quoted three of the same people with quotes from two of those people being identical. Garcia-Navarro and Hider are married and traveled together for the story, as journalists often do for safety, access or logistics. However, NPR is suggesting that Garcia-Navarro and Hider work on ground rules to avoid duplicate quotes in the future, and added a line to Garcia-Navarro’s bio online to clarify that the two are married.