A senior executive at NPR has resigned in the wake of an external review which expressed concern over the network’s handling of the Juan Williams firing, though it concluded that the dismissal had been legally sound. In addition, NPR’s board voted to strip CEO Vivian Schiller of her bonus for 2010.
The resignation of Ellen Weiss, NPR’s senior vice president for news and the woman who personally handled Williams’ firing–which occurred in the wake of the former NPR analyst’s comments about Muslims on Fox News–was announced at the same time as the findings of the review. Weiss had worked at NPR since 1982.
The review was conducted by law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges in coordination with the independent NPR Board. In a statement, the board said it found that Williams’ firing was legally sound, and that it was “not the result of special interest group or donor pressure.” Even so, the review expressed “concerns regarding the speed and handling of the termination process.”
As for Schiller, the board said it had “expressed concern over her role in the termination process and has voted that she will not receive a 2010 bonus.”
The woman who told the Atlanta Press Club that Juan Williams needs a Therapist remains at NPR