NPR SVP for News Ellen Weiss has resigned in wake of controversy surrounding the dismissal of Juan Williams, the longtime analyst accused of making anti-Muslim comments on Fox News. In a memo obtained by FishbowlDC, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller said “she [Weiss] is a strong journalist who has brought her considerable talents to how NPR covers the world and meets the ever-increasing expectations of today’s audiences. Ellen exemplifies journalistic professionalism and integrity. I’m grateful to her for what she has accomplished at NPR, and I encourage you to reach out to her in the days ahead with your own thanks.”
Vice President for Programming Margaret Low Smith will temporarily step in to the spot left vacant by Weiss until a replacement is found.
In addition to the news of Weiss’ resignation, Schiller announced that the NPR Board of Directors has completed the review of the events leading to the termination of Juan Williams’ contract as a part-time news analyst. The review, performed by Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP offered a list of recommendations and remedial measures designed to address issues that surfaced.
“We have taken this situation very seriously and the Board believes these recommendations and remedial steps address the concerns raised in connection with the termination of Williams’ contract,” said Dave Edwards, Chair. “The Board regrets this incident’s impact on NPR and will work with NPR’s CEO, Vivian Schiller, to ensure that these actions will be expeditiously completed, examined, and monitored on an ongoing basis.”
Read the full memo and statement from the NPR Board of Directors after the jump.