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Oreskes resigns as NPR news chief after harassment report

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 1, 2017 2:30 PM
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FILE PHOTO:  In this March 18, 2015 file photo, former Associated Press Vice President and Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes poses for a photo at AP headquarters, in New York. Oreskes has resigned as chief of NPR's newsroom following accusations of sexual harassment that dated back to the 1990s. (AP Photo/Chuck Zoeller, File)

(New York) -- Michael Oreskes has resigned as chief of NPR's newsroom following accusations of sexual harassment that dated back to the 1990s.

Oreskes said in a statement today that he was deeply sorry to the people he hurt.

He said: "my behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility."

Oreskes said he told Jarl Mohn, president and CEO of NPR, this morning that he would step down.

"This morning I asked Mike Oreskes for his resignation because of inappropriate behavior," Mohn wrote in an email to NPR staff on Wednesday. "I have received his resignation, effective immediately."

Earlier, Oreskes had been placed on leave and Mohn appointed Chris Turpin as the temporary news chief.

Two women had accused Oreskes of suddenly kissing them when they were discussing job prospects with him in the 1990s, when he was Washington bureau chief of The New York Times.

According to NPR's David Folkenflik, a current NPR employee has gone public with her account of filing a formal complaint with the network's human resources division in October 2015.

Rebecca Hersher says she considers the incident less severe but nevertheless felt it crossed a line and made her uncomfortable.

At the time a 26-year-old assistant producer on Weekend All Things Considered, she said Oreskes hijacked a career counseling session into a three-hour-long dinner that delved into deeply personal territory.

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