Veteran journalist resigns amid accusations of sexual abuse


The floodgates continue to open as new allegations of sexual abuse continue to surface. The latest allegation is related to Michael Oreskes of National Public Radio (NPR).

Oreskes has now resigned as chief of news at NPR after three women accused him of sexual assault and misconduct.

Two women said they encountered Oreskes when they were searching for jobs 20-years ago. As they discussed prospects, Oreskes allegedly kissed them. At the time, the NPR veteran was the Washington bureau chief of The New York Times.

After the women’s’ story was made public, a third accuser came forward. This one was a current NPR staffer, Rebecca Hersher, who reported that she had filed a complaint about Oreskes in 2015.

The employee’s complaint said Oreskes “hijacked a career counseling session into a three-hour-long dinner that delved into deeply personal territory,” according to The New York Post.

On Wednesday, in an internal memo obtained by the press, Oreskes seems to be taking responsibility for his actions as he announced his resignation.

“I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt. My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility,” Oreskes wrote. “To my colleagues, I am grateful for every minute I’ve had to work with each of you.”

Oreskes continued, “NPR has an important job to do. Public radio matters so much and I will always be your supporter.”

According to NPR CEO Jarl Mohn, Oreskes was asked to resign.

“Some have asked me if it took published news reports for us to take action,” Mohn said. “The answer is that it did not. We have been acting. Some of the steps we took were visible and others weren’t. We have a process in place and we followed that process.”

Oreskes has had a career in journalism for approximately 40 years.

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