'NPR loses C.E.O., its third exec swept away by political tornado' - Karen Everhart - Current

'NPR loses C.E.O., its third exec swept away by political tornado' - Karen Everhart - Current

by: Karen Everhart | publication date: March 9, 2011 | Publication: Current.org |

 "One day after denouncing her top fundraiser and nine weeks after asking her news chief to resign, NPR President Vivian Schiller stepped down today at the request of the NPR Board. She fell victim to a series of executive mistakes and mishaps that muddied NPR’s reputation in a poisonously partisan runup to key federal budget votes affecting public broadcasting. Schiller, who made extraordinary progress in crafting a digital service strategy for NPR and its local stations since arriving in January 2009, ultimately took the fall for her management team's political errors during an unaccustomed moment of scrutiny. After the controversial firing of former news analyst Juan Williams last fall, Schiller seemed to recover from the missteps that put public radio in the crosshairs of Republicans who went on to take the House majority in November. She and other public radio leaders may not have seen the Williams firing fiasco as a warm-up for a protracted, no-holds-barred fight. . ."

Vivian Schiller, former NPR president, resigns as a result of the James O'Keefe sting.

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