Daniel Zwerdling out due to Harassment allegations

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    NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling out after investigation into harassment


    Another NPR Staff Member has been hit for harassment allegations.


    Daniel Zwerdling, a veteran investigative journalist at NPR, has left the network amid allegations of sexual harassment.

    At least two NPR staffers reported Zwerdling to human resources in November, according to sources close to the investigation. Employees filed in response to an invitation by NPR’s top leadership that month to report inappropriate behavior. The NPR sources declined to describe the incidents that prompted complaints because the women could be identified.

    In an emailed statement, Zwerdling said the allegations are untrue and that he retired in January. NPR spokeswoman Isabel Lara said in an email Tuesday that the network “can confirm Daniel Zwerdling is no longer on staff at NPR. As this is a personnel matter, we do not have any additional comments to share.”

    Six current and former NPR interns and staffers told Current that they had been subject to harassment or inappropriate behavior from Zwerdling. Most were interns or young producers at the time. One of the women who reported Zwerdling to HR said he tried to kiss her. Three said they had witnessed inappropriate behavior.

    Staffers who experienced or witnessed Zwerdling’s behavior did not want to be identified for fear of retribution.


    Ex-MPR producer: Here’s my #metoo story of NPR’s Zwerdling

    Here are other outlets now covering the allegations.

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