NEW YORK – Two former hosts at a public radio station in New York City were suspended Wednesday as the station investigates unspecified allegations of misconduct.
Executive Director of Public Radio of New York, Laura Walker, announced the suspensions of Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz of WNYC.
He said the company wants to guarantee a "harbadment-free workplace," but did not give details of the allegations.
Lopate told The New York Times that he was "baffled" by the suspension.
"It does not make sense to me," he said. "I'm sure any honest investigation will erase me completely, that's the only thing that worries me: the damage to my reputation."
Lopate added that he "has never done anything inappropriate at any level".
WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz said on the air that he had spoken to women who denounced both Lopate and Schwartz.
Attempts to find a phone number for Schwartz were not immediately successful.
The measure follows reports of harbadment by the retired host of WNYC John Hockenberry .
An article by Suki Kim, published on Friday on the website of the New York magazine, described the accusations of harbadment and intimidation filed by several women against Hockenberry. Hockenberry apologized in a statement to Kim, saying that he should have been more aware of how the power he exercised over others could be interpreted.
Other public radio figures who have been expelled for accusations of badual misconduct include National Public Radio news chief Michael Oreskes, who resigned on November 1 after allegations that he had kissed two women seeking work when I was with The Times. . Oreskes was vice president and chief editor of The Associated Press. The PA had a complaint of "unwanted and inappropriate verbal communication" while in the news organization.
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