- Associated Press - Thursday, January 6, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior executive at National Public Radio who had a role in the firing of commentator Juan Williams has resigned.

NPR announced Thursday that Senior Vice-President for News Ellen Weiss has resigned, but gave no reason for that step.

NPR simultaneously announced the completion of a review of the October firing of Williams, who has since taken on a bigger role with the Fox News Channel. Based on the review, NPR’s Board of Directors has recommended new internal procedures for personnel decisions and disciplinary action.

Williams was fired by NPR after saying on Fox that he gets nervous when he sees people on a plane with clothing that identifies them as Muslim. NPR said his remarks violated its standards of not having on-air personnel giving opinions.

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