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NPR News Chief Resigns Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

02 November 2017

"After the Post story came out, a third accuser, who now works at NPR, said she filed a complaint about him to NPR's human resources department in October 2015, according to NPR's own reporting".

NPR is investigating allegations by two women who accused Michael Oreskes, NPR's senior vice president for news, of sexual harassment.

Mohn asked for and received Oreskes' resignation Wednesday morning. Following the newspaper's report, NPR said that Oreskes had been reprimanded after a separate incident in 2015 in which a female producer complained she was made to feel uncomfortable during a dinner when Oreskes talked about sex and asked about her personal life.

Oreskes came to NPR from The Associated Press in the spring of 2015.

After the news broke about Halperin, he was forced to step down from his role as an MSNBC contributor Thursday. "That trust is about looking out for each other, doing the right thing, and acting as one team. I am committed to rebuilding trust, and my leadership team is as well".

The head of National Public Radio's news department was placed on leave Tuesday after he was accused of sexual harassment by two women who claimed he made unwanted advances toward them while he worked at the New York Times almost 20 years ago.

"Both accusers told the Post that Oreskes unexpectedly kissed them during career-oriented business meetings while he was working as the [New York] Times' Washington bureau chief", reported CNN. The Washington Post notes that the women spoke to them on the condition of anonymity "so as not to damage their employment prospects".

"If I had to do it again, I would have told him to knock it off", she told the Post. I went home and then I cried to my boyfriend.

Initial reports suggested that NPR learned about the two allegations in the Post article in mid-October.

NPR said in a statement on Tuesday: "We take these kinds of allegations very seriously". However, David has since learned that one of the women first contacted NPR a full year ago about her allegations.

At the time, NPR rebuked Oreskes and informed other bigwigs at the company after the complaint was filed, according to NPR's own reporting.

NPR sent iMediaEthics the memo CEO Jarl Mohn sent staff announcing Oreskes' resignation. The woman, Rebecca Hersher, said on the NPR report that "it undercut my confidence".

Earlier, Oreskes had been placed on leave and Mohn appointed Chris Turpin as the temporary news chief.

NPR News Chief Resigns Following Sexual Harassment Allegations