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NPR's head of news resigns following harassment allegations

File: In this March 18, 2015 file photo, Mike Oreskes poses for a photo at AP headquarters in New York.
File: In this March 18, 2015 file photo, Mike Oreskes poses for a photo at AP headquarters in New York.
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NPR's senior vice president for news, Michael Oreskes, has resigned following sexual harassment allegations dating back nearly two decades.

"This morning I asked Mike Oreskes for his resignation because of inappropriate behavior," NPR CEO Jarl Mohn wrote in an email to NPR staff on Wednesday. "I have received his resignation, effective immediately."

As NPR's David Folkenflik reported:

"The allegations from the two women were first reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday afternoon. They included similar accounts of unwanted and unexpected kisses during business meetings.

Meanwhile, a current NPR employee is going public with her account of filing a formal complaint with the network's human resources division in October 2015. Rebecca Hersher says she considers the incident less severe but nevertheless felt it crossed a line and made her uncomfortable. At the time a 26-year-old assistant producer on Weekend All Things Considered, she said Oreskes hijacked a career counseling session into a three-hour-long dinner that delved into deeply personal territory."

The Washington Post reports incidents that date back to Oreskes' tenure as Washington bureau chief at The New York Times nearly 20 years ago.

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn encouraged employees to report harassment.

"This is our NPR," Mohn wrote. "And I will stand up for it, and every one of you."

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