March 8, 2011
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Dana Davis Rehm, NPR


   

UPDATED NPR STATEMENT REGARDING VIDEO
March 8, 2011, 9 p.m. (ET)



The comments contained in the video released today are contrary to everything we stand for and we completely disavow the views expressed. NPR is fair and open minded about the people we cover. Our reporting reflects those values every single day -- in the civility of our programming, the range of opinions we reflect and the diversity of stories we tell.

The assertion that NPR and public radio stations would be better off without federal funding does not reflect reality. The elimination of federal funding would significantly damage public broadcasting as a whole.

Ron Schiller tendered his resignation on January 24, well before the lunch meeting occurred. His resignation was announced last week. He was intending to stay with NPR through May 5. We have mutually agreed that Ron is leaving NPR effective today.

Note: This statement may be attributed to NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm, SVP of Marketing, Communications & External Relations.