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Well this was allegations that took place in the 1990’s when he was at the Associated Press at the time.
Update Oreskes resigns.
Update Jarl Mohn the CEO of NPR apologized for dropping the ball on the Oreskes scandal and now the CEO is on leave for “Health Reasons”
Plus the CEO of NPR is getting its legal department and a lawfirm to make reforms to NPR after the Oreskes Scandal.
This is exactly what happened to Fox News after the Ailes and O’Reilly scandals came into play and Fox News was going through management changes. They called on a lawfirm to make reforms at that outlet.
Apparently Mohn’s health issues are legit; he had a previous leave in March 2017 after surgery to repair a ruptured aorta. Pretty serious stuff, and can be negatively impacted by stress.
The timing, is, of course, absolutely terrible from an optics perspective…but what’s he supposed to do? Stay on the job and keel over dead?
The bigger problem is that, as has been mentioned, Oreskes’ hiring was a “signature move” by Mohn. Forcing out Kinsey Wilson and bringing in Oreskes was Mohn’s way of making a direct and major impact on how NPR does its core business. And now, basically, that’s all gone. Health or no health, Mohn is in a very vulnerable position and it’s entirely possible he’ll be forced out, too.
I’m not exactly a fan of Mohn myself, but he’s been better than several of his predecessors. And it’d be nice to have a head of NPR who actually stayed in the job more than two or three years.
Now the NPR Board Chairman is out Roger Lamay after the contract ends
As NPR’s Board of Directors meet in Washington, D.C., this week, the network finds itself confronted by a series of dispiriting developments: a CEO on medical leave; a chief news executive forced out over sexual harassment allegations; the sudden resignation of a board chairman; fresh complaints over inappropriate behavior by colleagues; and a network roiled by tensions over the treatment of its female workers.
On Wednesday, NPR Board Chairman Roger LaMay announced that he was stepping down at the end of his second one-year term. LaMay, who remains on the board, said he needed to devote more time to running the popular Philadelphia public radio music station WXPN, where he is general manager.
However, according to a knowledgeable source, LaMay is the subject of a complaint filed with NPR alleging past inappropriate behavior. Few additional details are currently known.
“I finished my second term and chose to not run again,” LaMay said in a statement. “I did not make this decision based on a third party story about my personal life over a decade ago. I welcome any Board Committee review.”
NPR’s public relations staff did not directly respond to questions about LaMay. The network said it “encourages people to come forward with concerns they have about situations that have made them feel uncomfortable” and that it takes “both the allegations and their consequences seriously.”
NPR’s problems with sexual harassment are seen as especially disheartening because of the feminist legacy of its founding. The network was built in part on the foundation created by trailblazing female journalists such as Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Cokie Roberts and Susan Stamberg.
“It’s really prided itself on being a place where women and men are treated equally and fairly. That’s at the core of who we are,” said Rachel Martin, a host of the NPR show Morning Edition. “Because of that, this cuts deeper. We have thought of ourselves — perhaps naively — as exempt from something like this.”
Women have served as CEO, board chair, news chief, general counsel and chief operating officer, as well as the heads of all major shows and reporting desks at NPR. Often they hold a majority of positions as the network’s top hosts and war correspondents.
“Because it’s so antithetical to this organization’s norms and code of conduct,” Martin said, the harassment scandal “carries a heavier emotional distress.”
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