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Tom Ashbrook, 'On Point' Host at NPR, on 'Creepy' Suspension

Tom Ashbrook, 'On Point' Host at NPR, on 'Creepy' Suspension

Tom Ashbrook (Screengrab of Youtube post/@WBUR)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:53 AM

Tom Ashbrook, the host of "On Point" at National Public Radio, has been placed on leave by WBUR Radio and Boston University while an outside investigator reviews allegations against him, including “creepy” sex talk, WBUR reported.

Eleven people, mostly young women and men, filed complaints against the longtime radio host, detailing charges that included tirades, name-calling and belittling critiques, unsolicited hugs, neck rubs after a dressing down, and the "creepy" sex talk, WBUR said.

"I worry that Tom's behavior discourages young women from continuing in journalism," one former producer who was not named told WBUR.

Ashbrook responded in a statement to WBUR News, saying he was "proud of the many people who have worked with me during my 16 years at WBUR. I have always tried to be a leader and supportive of them, and many of them have gone on to highly successful careers in radio, journalism and other fields.”

"In the pressure of a live radio environment, I have at times been a tough and demanding boss. We aspire to put out a top-notch show. Many people have thrived in that environment; a few have not. (I am) stunned that a few former colleagues have apparently come forward with allegations that have not been shared with me. I have no idea what is being alleged, nor by whom," Ashbrook continued.

Ashbrook is the latest host connected with National Public Radio who has been suspended because of harassment and abuse allegations. Earlier this month, NPR journalist John Hockenberry, host of "The Takeaway," was accused of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment, months after he was forced out of radio station WNYC in New York City, Fox News reported.

NPR chief editor Michael Oreskes resigned in the midst of sexual harassment allegations along with chief news editor David Sweeney, Fox News also reported. In late November, popular "A Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor was fired from Minnesota Public Radio for "allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him," MPR reported.

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"On Point" host Tom Ashbrook at National Public Radio has been placed on leave by WBUR Radio and Boston University while an outside investigator reviews allegations against him, including “creepy” sex talk.
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