Public radio host Bob Garfield fired; he denies ‘bullying’

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Bob Garfield, co-host of “On the Media” on WNYC since 2001, has been fired for alleged repeat violations of New York Public Radio’s anti-bullying coverage.

The firing follows the second investigation into Garfield’s habits at work. The primary, final 12 months, concluded that he violated the coverage, and he was disciplined and formally warned; the second discovered he violated it once more.

In a press release Monday, NYPR mentioned, “New York Public Radio has terminated the employment of Bob Garfield, co-host of On the Media, because of a sample of habits that violated NYPR’s anti-bullying coverage. This determination was made following a current investigation carried out by an out of doors investigator that discovered that he had violated the coverage.

“Bob was additionally the topic of an investigation in 2020, which additionally discovered that he had violated the coverage, and which resulted in disciplinary motion, a warning concerning the potential penalties if the habits continued, and a significant alternative to appropriate it.”

Garfield, journalist, writer and podcaster, responded by way of tweet Monday: “I used to be fired not for ‘bullying’ per se, however for yelling in 5 conferences over 20 years. Anger mismanagement, sorry to say. However in all circumstances, the provocations had been simply surprising. In time, the story will emerge … and it’s tragic. On the Media was the delight and pleasure of my profession.”

NYPR didn’t instantly reply to interview requests.

“On the Media” covers “sticky points with a frankness and transparency that has constructed belief with over a million weekly radio and podcast listeners,” based on its web site, and is carried on 421 stations. It has gained Edward R. Murrow and Peabody awards. Garfield’s co-host, Brooke Gladstone (recipient of two Peabodys herself), takes over as host and managing editor, based on the positioning, which has already scrubbed Garfield from its “Workforce” web page.

NYPR’s assertion went on to say, “We acknowledge Bob’s contributions to our business and our listeners. We additionally affirm NYPR’s dedication to offering an inclusive and respectful surroundings for our workers, visitors and listeners.”

After followers responded to Garfield’s tweet acknowledging his firing, he added, “So grateful for the effectively needs, and understanding of the opprobrium. This can be a messy affair, by which I’m righteously aggrieved, however not innocent. Disgusted, not stunned. It’s an appalling story, which I suppose can be advised. Meantime, thanks for listening these 20+ years”

After Twitter consumer @Rich_Scarymucci wrote, “Traditionally, Mondays have been tough for Garfields” (a reference to the beloved comic-strip cat’s endless battle with the beginning of the week), Bob Garfield responded, “I often hate Garfield jokes, however simply this as soon as …”

He additionally urged followers who posted on his web page that they had been planning to cancel their NYPR memberships not to take action: “Please do not abandon OTM or WNYC. I’ve an employment dispute that can be handled within the correct venues. However the work of WNYC and OTM is priceless. Please proceed your assist.”

Simply as Santa Monica-based public radio station KCRW has handled accusations of a sample of racist habits, NYPR has been rocked lately by allegations of “inappropriate office habits by a number of workers,” equivalent to sexual harassment, racial bias and bullying. These included particular allegations of harassment in opposition to “The Takeaway” host John Hockenberry, whose contract was not renewed in 2017. Though Hockenberry admitted and expressed remorse over his habits, two different hosts fired in subsequent weeks in gentle of sexual harassment allegations in opposition to them, Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, pushed again.

Schwartz known as his suspension “outrageous”; he mentioned to WNYC of a 2014 grievance that he had ceaselessly commented on a feminine colleague’s look, “Can’t a person say, ‘You look good. Gee, you’re enticing’?”

One feminine producer advised WNYC that Lopate “made everybody cry in some unspecified time in the future”; Lopate denied misconduct and mentioned he was “actually unhappy and completely shocked” by his firing, calling it “unjust.” Lopate landed a brand new present 5 months afterward each a neighborhood radio station in Pawling, N.Y., and a Connecticut NPR station.

A 2018 outdoors investigation by Proskauer Rose LLP “didn’t discover proof of pervasive discrimination” at NYPR, based on a press release by the NYPR board of trustees. Nevertheless, it discovered “anti-harassment insurance policies had been poorly communicated and enforced” and “anti-bullying insurance policies had been insufficient and there have been particular situations of bullying and offensive habits by a number of workers towards colleagues and visitors.”

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