From the NPR Board of Directors:
This week NPR's Board of Directors received the report of the Special Committee of the Board investigating allegations of sexual harassment at NPR. The independent report, a copy of which can be found here, was prepared by the law firm of Morgan Lewis. The firm spent two months on its review and was provided unrestricted access to NPR records and staff.
The Special Committee believes it is essential for leadership to foster a company-wide environment where people are treated with dignity, decency and respect. Employees should be able to work in a safe and stimulating atmosphere. NPR cannot and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind.
Beginning later this evening with its next meeting, the Board will consider adopting a range of measures to begin to rebuild confidence in our organization as one that welcomes and protects the diversity of our workforce and the dignity of every colleague. These steps are intended to strengthen the tone at the top, promote inclusivity and diversity and provide meaningful avenues to swiftly address any concerns that may be raised.
From NPR Management:
The independent report prepared by Morgan Lewis was released today. We are committed to implementing its recommendations to ensure we have a workplace where everyone feels safe and respected. The past months have shown that sexual harassment is a serious, widespread problem, pervasive in every industry and many organizations; NPR is no exception. NPR's leadership is committed to addressing the issues of workplace culture and has already taken some immediate steps to improve NPR's work environment and our complaint process.
Everyone at NPR cares deeply about our mission. One of our fundamental values is transparency. Our listeners and our colleagues expect it from us. That is why we are undertaking this process in public, implementing the Board's recommendations and disclosing as much as we can while being respectful of individuals' privacy. We do this in the interest of sharing the lessons we have learned and honoring the trust you have in us.