NPR senior vice president of news Michael Oreskes has resigned a day after news came out about two women alleging he sexually harassed them.
The Washington Post report said that these women alleged Oreskes “unexpectedly kissed them on the lips and stuck his tongue in their mouths.” These incidents reportedly took place when he worked at The New York Times.
NPR placed him on leave yesterday, but today NPR reports that Oreskes has resigned:
“This morning I asked Mike Oreskes for his resignation because of inappropriate behavior,” NPR CEO Jarl Mohn wrote in an email to NPR staff on Wednesday. “I have received his resignation, effective immediately.”
CNN obtained an internal memo from an apologetic Oreskes:
“I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt. My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility,” Oreskes said in an internal memo obtained by CNN.
“To my colleagues, I am grateful for every minute I’ve had to work with each of you,” he said. “NPR has an important job to do. Public radio matters so much and I will always be your supporter.”
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