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Michael Oreskes on Leave From NPR Amid Harassment Allegations

Michael Oreskes on Leave From NPR Amid Harassment Allegations

In this March 18, 2015, file photo, former Associated Press Vice President and Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes poses for a photo at AP headquarters, in New York. (Chuck Zoeller, AP File)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 November 2017 12:43 PM

Michael Oreskes is being investigation by his employer National Public Radio after two women charged that the news executive made unwanted physical contact toward them almost two decades ago, The Washington Post reported.

Oreskes, the senior vice president of news and editorial director at NPR, based in Washington, D.C., was accused by the women of harassing them when he worked as Washington bureau chief at The New York Times, the Post noted.

The women, who both worked at the Times, charged that Oreskes abruptly kissed them while they were speaking with him about their job prospects, the newspaper noted. The women complained that he kissed them out of the blue and stuck his tongue in their mouths, the Post reported.

The incidents happened in the 1990s, the Post wrote. Oreskes took his job with National Public Radio in 2015.

The Oreskes incident is just the latest revelation to come out since powerful movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment and abuse last month, leading to his ouster from his production company and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The incident has led to scores of women telling their stories of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood and numerous other professional fields.

NPR announced Tuesday that it has placed Oreskes on leave since news broke about the incident. In a separate incident, an NPR employee made a formal complaint with the network's human resources division in October 2015 about Oreskes, NPR said.

Rebecca Hersher, an assistant producer on "Weekend All Things Considered," charged that Oreskes turned a career counseling session into a three-hour dinner that turned "deeply personal" at the time, NPR reported.

NPR formally rebuked Oreskes for the incident and informed other top network executives, the broadcaster said. Hersher, who currently a reporter and producer on NPR's science desk, said she felt satisfied with the company's response and that she experienced no retribution, NPR wrote.

The Post reported that Oreskes is the latest news media figure affected by sexual harassment or abuse allegations. Allegations facing former New Republic editor Leon Wieseltier and political journalist Mark Halperin have happened within the last month, the newspaper said.

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Michael Oreskes is being investigation by his employer National Public Radio after two women charged that the news executive made unwanted physical contact toward them almost two decades ago, The Washington Post reported.
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