- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney has left the company after three female journalists filed sexual harassment complaints against him, NPR reported Tuesday.

David Sweeney is no longer on staff,” Chris Turpin, acting senior vice president of news, said in an email to staff. “This is a difficult time for our newsroom and I’m committed to supporting all of you as we move forward. I know you appreciate that there are some questions I cannot answer in keeping with our practice to not comment on personnel issues, but I will do my best to address those I can.”

Mr. Sweeney’s departure follows a formal internal review after three women accused him of inappropriate behavior. One woman, a former NPR producer, said Mr. Sweeney unexpectedly kissed her in 2002. An NPR journalist said Mr. Sweeney attempted to kiss her in 2007. And a third journalist, NPR editor Lauren Hodges, said Mr. Sweeney acted inappropriately while he was her supervisor.

Ms. Hodges said she was happy with Mr. Sweeney’s exit from NPR.

“I hope it provides a loud, clear message to anyone struggling with harassment … and more importantly, to those who think they can get away with it,” she said in a statement.

Mr. Sweeney did not respond to NPR’s request for comment.

The news comes several weeks after Michael Oreskes, NPR’s senior vice president of news and editorial director, was forced to resign over sexual misconduct allegations.

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