NPR News Exec Resigns Over Juan Williams Firing

Ellen Weiss took flak over how it was handled
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2011 4:29 PM CST
NPR News Exec Resigns Over Juan Williams Firing
News analyst Juan Williams appears on Fox in October.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The fallout over last year's firing of Juan Williams by NPR continues: The executive who canned him over his comments about being nervous around Muslims in airports has herself resigned. Ellen Weiss made the announcement today, the same day as an outside review concluded that while the firing was legal, NPR needs to clarify its ethics guidelines for reporters. A lesser fallout: CEO Vivian Schiller gets no bonus for 2010.

Weiss took flak for how the over-the-phone firing was handled, and Williams accused her of being out to get him because of his affiliation with Fox News. Click here for details of the review's recommendations for NPR or here for more background. (Read more Juan Williams stories.)

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