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NPR news executive resigns over Williams firing

Jan 6, 2011

NPR just released two statements. The first announces the completion of an independent review of the controversial firing of news analyst Juan Williams. The second is about the surprise resignation of Ellen Weiss, NPR’s long-time Senior Vice President for News. Weiss was the NPR editor who fired Williams after he told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly that he became "nervous" flying with people dressed in "Muslim garb." KPCC contacted Alicia Shephard, NPR’s ombudsman, requesting an interview. Shephard, responded via email, by saying, “I'm in shock and trying to absorb. But also feel this is a personnel issue and not my place to comment.” What NPR issues does the review reveal? Will this usher in a new era for NPR?

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