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NPR's Chief Editor Michael Oreskes Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

02 November 2017

Written by David Bauder on November 1, 2017 6:34 pm.

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.

ORESKES issued a statement reading, "I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt".

On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported accounts of two women who complained to NPR of sexual harassment while Oreskes was Washington bureau chief at the New York Times in the 1990s.

Jarl Mohn, NPR's president and CEO, said that he had asked for and accepted Oreskes' resignation. "My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility". "I have received his resignation, effective immediately". "Starting today, Chris will serve in the capacity of the Senior Vice President of News for NPR and oversee both strategic direction and day to day operations related to our journalism".

There have been growing sexual harassment allegations against public figures in recent weeks, sparked by multiple women's allegations of behaviour from sexual harassment to rape by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, and a subsequent campaign encouraging victims to share their stories under the #metoo hashtag. The Post did not disclose their names, stating they spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to damage future employment prospects.

"Some have asked me if it took published news reports for us to take action", Mohn said. "The answer is that it did not", he said. We have been acting.

"When anyone, but particularly someone in power, violates a policy, acts in ways that are inappropriate, or takes steps that do not contribute to building a positive workplace, it breaks a trust", Mohn wrote on Wednesday. We have a process in place, and we followed that process.

The Times said through a spokeswoman Wednesday that it was not aware of any other complaints against Oreskes, who had several assignments for the newspaper.

Oreskes was a vice-president and senior managing editor at The Associated Press from 2008 until he joined NPR in 2015.

Following Hersher's report, NPR reportedly "rebuked Oreskes and informed other top network executives".

When asked if Oreskes' conduct had drawn complaints at the Times, a spokesperson said the paper "takes all allegations of sexual harassment seriously and we are looking into it".

The news comes on the heels of sexual assault allegations made against former New Republic editor Leon Wieseltier and Mark Halperin, a former political director at ABC News.

NPR's Chief Editor Michael Oreskes Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations