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Posts Tagged ‘Juan Williams’

Schiller Resignation Raises PR Questions for NPR

News broke this morning that NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned after the former SVP of fundraising for the organization Ron Schiller (no relation) was caught on tape making disparaging remarks about the Tea Party and raising questions about whether NPR needs federal funding.

An abrupt CEO resignation always poses big comms questions for an organization, with the biggest being: Does the organization have a succession plan in place? (NPR does. The group’s statement after the jump.) In these situations, stakeholders wonder whether the organization will crumble because of a leadership vacuum. Organizations – and their new leaders – need to reassure them quickly.

But in this case, NPR has the equally huge problems of both scandal and opposition.

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Kraft Event on Volunteerism Celebrates Dr. King

Kraft Foods and its partners the Points of Light Institute and the HandsOn Network are hosting America’s Sunday Supper this Sunday, January 16 at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

At the supper, there will also be a panel focused on volunteerism with guests including the Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington (left), Olympic medalist Carl Lewis, and Fox news correspondent Juan Williams (right). According to the press release announcing the event, it is in celebration of Monday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Dr. King’s “passion for service.”

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NPR’s Reputation Taking a Beating Over Williams Firing

Richard Drew, AP

NPR has probably gotten the most attention it’s seen in a while after it fired Juan Williams for comments he made on The O’Reilly Factor. Unfortunately for NPR  (and for PBS?), a lot of the attention has been negative, with enough anger out there to possibly prompt the bomb threat that was reported on Monday.

While standing by the decision, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller has apologized for the way the situation was handled, specifically, the NPR blog notes, “she regrets that NPR executives did not meet with Williams in person to discuss their decision.” Besides the employee communications issue she points out, the termination has brought about other PR problems for the media outlet.

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