NEW YORK (AP) – A former public radio presenter in New York City who left his program earlier this year has been accused of badual misconduct by an author and some of his former colleagues.
Suki Kim said he met former WNYC host "The Takeaway" John Hockenberry in 2014 as a guest on the radio show. Later, she sent a series of emails that bothered her, asking her for the address of her house so that she could write her letters and titled a subject line: "I need another dose of you"
She left the radio program in August, saying: it was time to move on.
After the accusations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein broke down, Kim decided to ask Hockenberry's former colleagues if they ever felt uncomfortable, and posted a report on the New York magazine's website. A former colleague, Kristen Meinzer, said she made unwanted advances and wrote her badually explicit notes through social media. Finally he left the program.
Others reported similar behavior but did not want to be named in the story. Kim, author of "Without you, there is no one: undercover among the children of the North Korean elite" had complained to the station in February.
The Executive Director and President of the New York Public Radio, Laura Walker, declined to comment on the history of the magazine. A statement from "The Takeaway" posted on Twitter says the report was disturbed by the report and takes the allegations very seriously.
Hockenberry issued a statement to the magazine, saying he was horrified that people felt uncomfortable.
I've always had a reputation for being tough, and I've certainly been rude, aggressive and discourteous. Looking back, my behavior was not always appropriate and I'm sorry. I'm appalled that I created the talented and motivated people who worked with the feeling of discomfort, and that the stress of putting on a big show got worse with my behavior. "
" Having to deal with my own physical limitations has given me an understanding of impotence, and should have been more aware of how the power he exercised over others, along with comments and inappropriate communications, could be interpreted. I have no excuses, "said Hockenberry, who is in a wheelchair after being paralyzed in high school after a car accident.
Hoc kenberry, WNYC and its parent company did not immediately respond to the request for comment. The Associated Press
"The Takeaway" has 2.7 million listeners per week and airs on more than 270 stations and is now presented by Todd Zwillich.
Hockenberry, 61, was the host of "The Takeaway "from 2008 until the beginning of this year and has won four Emmy Awards.
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