National Public Radio’s head of news resigns

NPR’s head of news Michael Oreskes resigned last Wednesday following allegations of sexual harassment.

Two women reported that Oreskes mistreated them while he was working for the New York Times nearly twenty years ago.

Another complaint against Oreskes was filed in October of 2015 by Rebecca Hersher who alleged that Oreskes began an inappropriate sexual conversation with her while working at NPR.

After the Washington Post reported that Oreskes made inappropriate advances on women in the workplace, NPR’s management asked him to step down.

Prior to his forced resignation, Oreskes had received multiple warnings from management as there had been numerous complaints filed about his behavior.

“I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt,” said Oreskes in a statement. “My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility.”

Several members of NPR’s staff, especially its female employees, signed a petition noting how unhappy they were with the organization’s slow response to the allegations against Oreskes.

Oreskes was not asked to step down until days after the allegations were brought to management’s attention, and he was asked to resign almost immediately after the Washington Post published the complaints.

“We are profoundly concerned by how NPR has handled sexual harassment reports and senior management’s insufficient efforts to create a workplace environment free of harassment and one that ensures equal opportunity for all employees,” the petition stated.

 

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Authored by: Bridget Snydstrup

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