Top NPR editor on leave amid reports of harassment

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Top NPR editor on leave amid reports of harassment

At the time of the alleged assaults, NPR's Michael Oreskes - the senior vice president of news and editorial director - was working at the New York Times.

Following Hersher's report, NPR reportedly "rebuked Oreskes and informed other top network executives". Her complaint said Oreskes "hijacked a career counseling session into a three-hour-long dinner that delved into deeply personal territory" and included mentions of sex with a former girlfriend.

An NPR spokeswoman, Isabel Lara, said Oreskes had been placed on leave after the allegations from the 1990s appeared in the Post.

He has not commented publicly on the allegations, and journalists at NPR report that they have tried to contact him for comment, without success.

NPR released the following statement in response to the allegations: "We take these kinds of allegations very seriously". The ladies shared similar stories with The Washington Post on the condition they remain anonymous for fear of losing future job prospects. We take all appropriate steps to assure a safe, comfortable, and productive work environment for everyone at NPR. "As a matter of policy, we do not comment about personnel matters", a spokesperson for NPR told the Post.

The Post also reported that Oreskes "focused extraordinary attention on another young woman" who worked in the Times's Washington bureau during his tenure as chief.

"If I had to do it again, I would have told him to knock it off", she told the Post.

Later, she said, when she confronted him directly about the incident, he told her he was "overcome with passion". He was previously VP and senior managing editor at the Associated Press.

"The Associated Press takes any kind of harassment allegation very seriously", Easton said.

There have been growing sexual harassment allegations against public figures in recent weeks, sparked by multiple women's allegations of behaviour from sexual harassment to rape by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, and a subsequent campaign encouraging victims to share their stories under the #metoo hashtag. "The AP is committed to maintaining a safe working environment and does not tolerate harassment of any kind". NBC News on Monday fired political contributor Mark Halperin following allegations of inappropriate advances by women when he worked at ABC.

A third accuser, who works at NPR, said she filed a complaint about him to NPR's human resources department in October 2015, according to NPR's own reporting on Oreskes.

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