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NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns

NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned, NPR just announced.

Vivian Schiller

Above: Vivian Schiller

This follows yesterday's news that then-NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation) was videotapped slamming conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding during a lunch with men posing as members of a Muslim organization (they were working with political activist James O'Keefe on a "sting.")

Vivian Schiller quickly condemned Ron Schiller's comments, and he moved up an already-announced decision to leave NPR and resigned effectively immediately. But Ron Schiller's gaffe followed last fall's firing of NPR political analyst Juan Williams, for which Vivian Schiller came under harsh criticism.

NPR just released this statement from NPR Board of Directors Chairman Dave Edwards:

"It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately.

"The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.

"Vivian brought vision and energy to this organization. She led NPR back from the enormous economic challenges of the previous two years. She was passionately committed to NPR's mission, and to stations and NPR working collaboratively as a local-national news network.

"According to a CEO succession plan adopted by the Board in 2009, Joyce Slocum, SVP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, has been appointed to the position of Interim CEO. The Board will immediately establish an Executive Transition Committee that will develop a timeframe and process for the recruitment and selection of new leadership.

"I recognize the magnitude of this news – and that it comes on top of what has been a traumatic period for NPR and the larger public radio community. The Board is committed to supporting NPR through this interim period and has confidence in NPR's leadership team."

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JuanWilliamsFan | March 9, 2011 at 7:59 a.m. ― 6 years ago

I am very happy to hear that Vivian Schiller and Ellen Weiss have resigned from NPR. Ms. Schiller and/or Weiss is responsible for the firing of Juan Williams for expressing a basic concern that I too share. Thanks to the harsh action, I was forced to stop the automatic monthly donations that I had been making to KPBS for decades. So today is a celebration that NPR may go forward less biased than before under Ms. Schiller's direction and now NPR and KPBS employees may not need to be silenced in fear of her
wrath should they express a personal concern that offends her bias toward Islam and Muslims. Note that Mr. Williams was not expressing his personal concern on NPR or KPBS air-time, so it had no impact on whether or not KPBS is a radio-news dial where people are nice (sans the recently resigned).

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Missionaccomplished | March 9, 2011 at 8:52 a.m. ― 6 years ago

Do you really have that "concern," Fan? Can we call it a "concern"? A prejudice? An unwarranted fear? Williams made a very stupid remark and reminded me of that scene in John Singleton's HIGHER LEARNING where a white female student and an African-American male student step into the same campus elevator and she tightens her grip around her textbooks as he steps in. Same irrational fear of Williams, and how ironic, now the one who once suffered discrimination is the new discriminator!!! That said, Schiller did mishandle the situation with JW.

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PersonOnline | March 9, 2011 at 9:09 a.m. ― 6 years ago

Addressing JuanWilliamsFan and Public Radio Listeners in General.

I understand and respect your views regarding the situation around Juan Williams and NPR President Vivian Schiller. But, to stop donations to KPBS or any other Public Radio Station is asinine. Neither the leadership at KPBS or other stations has positional power to influence what decisions are made at a third party news organization. Especially at KPBS where a majority of news coverage is provided by the station on local events. I bet your still listening to KPBS or taking advantage of their online resources despite retracting your donations. I hope you are enjoying this "FREE" service.

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vickieahumada | March 9, 2011 at 10:35 a.m. ― 6 years ago

Secret video tapings? Imposters? Come on now..who should be ashamed? Surely not either of the Schillers. The male Schiller told the truth and above all, refused the funds from the supposed Muslim guys. And I've yet to read why the Board axed the female Schiller.
I'm disappointed that the Board didn't have the courage to stand up to the deceitful tactics of O'Keefe and the Tea Party/Republican cronies. Them boys play dirty and we need people who will stand up against that, not fold. I have not stopped my contributions. In fact, at each incident, I send a little more. Join me...

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radiofree | March 9, 2011 at 1:04 p.m. ― 6 years ago

Some conservatives are looking for any reason to call for de-funding NPR. That is why this group secretly taped the NPR employee. NPR is doing a great job broadcasting unbiased news. Because the NPR coverage exposes the dishonesty sometimes put out by stations calling themselves fair and balanced, it is understandable these unbalanced stations are using their influence to attack NPR. It is up to the people who believe that NPR's information is vital to our democracy to act on their principles. Show your support in your own way. Here are a few ideas: call your Senators and Congressional Reps, blog about it, point out the bias inherent in giving Republican leaders their own show on Fox TV. Our democracy is under attack and it is up to you to help support it.

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onebenjensen | March 9, 2011 at 2:01 p.m. ― 6 years ago

So disappointed to learn that KPBS and NPR are not objective news sources.

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onebenjensen | March 9, 2011 at 2:02 p.m. ― 6 years ago

Our democray is under attack from the progressives!

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arulparamasivam | March 9, 2011 at 2:17 p.m. ― 6 years ago

It is unfortunate that public institutions such as NPR is being attached using misterious traps. Ironic, this is happening when every public and programs are being cut-off while private businesses are getting tax payer supported stimulus resue plans! All these private sector institutions are getting the support of Congress thanks to their power of lobbying!

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SD92131 | March 9, 2011 at 5:47 p.m. ― 6 years ago

Dear people at NPR and PBS:

Please don't let this episode dishearten you. There are plenty of people who love the good work that you are doing.

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To_Tell_you_The_truth | March 10, 2011 at 3:39 p.m. ― 6 years ago

Weak! Weak! Weak! We need to "toughen up" and fight the "Fairly Unbalanced" news and not capitulate like a wet noodle every time they do one of their sleazy "sting" operations !!!!
Why do the progressives and left-leaning fall like a deck of cards?? FIGHT BACK!! Sting FOX NEWS !!!!!

GET over our POLITICAL CORRECTNESS that shoots us in the foot.

Call an ace an ace and a spade a spade...

The Tea Party is not a bunch of people holding hands and singing "KUMBAYYA" and we know it. IF someone says something , we should support them not fire them!

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