NPR reporter grills boss over sexual harassment allegations
The unusual collision of a radio network’s management and a radio network’s newsroom was heard nationwide on Wednesday when NPR CEO Jarl Mohn was grilled by one of his network’s reporters — Mary Louise Kelly — on why NPR fired its head of news only after the Washington Post blew the whistle on Michael Oreskes’ behavior 20 years ago at the New York Times, when he accosted two women in separate incidents.
It was an unusual, and likely uncomfortable, few minutes as Kelly interrogated her boss. It was unusual for the CEO of an organization to be willing to be grilled so publicly. Read more →
Public radio exec, reporter feud over who knows conservatives better
There’s little chance that Ken Stern, who once headed NPR as its CEO, actually knew much about the news process, the decisions, the writing, the political leanings of its staff, and maybe even the names of a large number of people who worked for him. Read more →
There was a forehead-slapping moment last week when NPR’s Morning Edition interviewed one of its reporters about Facebook’s ad-targeting program which allowed advertisers to target anti-Semitics in the audience. Read more →
Last week, many of NPR’s most well-known names pulled the curtain on life at the public radio institution, revealing poor morale among newspeople.
With the new deal, however, silence about what’s in it is the order of the day. Read more →
NPR has been reluctant to use the word ‘lie’ when describing misstatements from the Trump administration. So it didn’t escape notice this week when an NPR reporter used it. Read more →
As contract ends, NPR employees utter the “S word”
The current contract between NPR and the SAG-AFTRA union ended at the close of last month and employees agreed to an extension while talks on a new contract continue. The extension runs out tomorrow night. Read more →
There’s been a really great hashtag campaign on Twitter this week (#WeMakeNPR) as the people who work at NPR tweet about what they do and how it is they came to do it. For many people, radio is a voice, but the reality is the heart and soul of a radio network and radio station Read more →
Howard Husock doesn’t have a lot of friends on the CPB board, especially after his March anti-public media op-ed in the Washington Post, which prompted another CPB member to call him ‘an embarrassment.’ Read more →
NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep had to defend his network’s choice to interview Iowa Rep. Steve King today. King, who has regularly made racist comments that play well in his blood-red district — where his challenger dropped out of the race last week, citing death threats — is possibly the most extreme of the Read more →
Perhaps it’s unrealistic to expect financially strapped news organizations to pay someone to publicize its flaws. But even if trust in newsrooms weren’t eroding, it would still be true that readers and listeners deserve someone on their side in a position of power. Read more →
For a guy whose weapon was a typewriter, Frank Deford lived a dangerous life. He gave his opinions and, on occasion, they chipped away at his legacy.
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Robert Siegel to leave NPR
There’s something about a radio station that connects you, Siegel said of his industry. That something is people like Siegel, with whom we shared the daily triumphs and tragedies.
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Public radio reporter fired after row over bathroom bill story
Jacqui Helbert, 32, was fired by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which owns WUTC, the NPR affiliate, after local politicians complained about her coverage of a group of high school students who lobbied against a bill forcing Tennessee students to use restrooms and locker rooms matching the sex listed on their birth certificates.
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Women gave public radio its ‘sound’
Deep in the recesses of the World Headquarters of NewsCut, there is a picture on a wall of the original employees of Minnesota Public Radio. Young Garrison Keillor, Michael Barone, and Gary Eichten standing with three others.
All of them were men. That’s the way radio was back then. Men. It wasn’t a place for diversity. Read more →
When we heard NPR’s segment the other morning about why the network didn’t refer to Donald Trump’s repeated assertion that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton, denying him a popular vote victory, a ‘lie’ we figured that NPR’s ombudsman would surely hear about it. She did. And she’s issued her ruling. Read more →