You can now add NPR icon John Hockenberry to a list that also includes David Sweeney, NPR’s chief news editor; Garrison Keillor, NPR icon; WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz; and Michael Orsekes, NPR’s senior vice president and editorial director.
This early retirement at age 61, occurred six months after a sexual harassment complaint had been filed against him.
An anonymous accuser claims that while staying at a hotel due to a snowstorm, Hockenberry asked her to come to his room to discuss the show.
Writing for the Guardian, Adaora Udoji, a co-host with Hockenberry, does not allege any sexual misconduct but rather years of bullying that she describes as “excruciating.” Like some of the others, she says she complained to the chain of command, but nothing was done.
In less than two months, five powerful men, paid in part with taxpayer dollars, have been fired or put on leave due to sexual misconduct.