NPR President/CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns
March 9, 2011 at 7:04 AM (PT)
NPR Pres./CEO VIVIAN SCHILLER has resigned in the wake of the scandal generated by a video showing an NPR executive denigrating Tea Party members and conservatives.
A statement from NPR Board of Directors Chairman DAVE EDWARDS read, "It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of VIVIAN SCHILLER as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately.
"The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.
"VIVIAN brought vision and energy to this organization. She led NPR back from the enormous economic challenges of the previous two years. She was passionately committed to NPR's mission, and to stations and NPR working collaboratively as a local-national news network.
"According to a CEO succession plan adopted by the Board in 2009, JOYCE SLOCUM, SVP/Legal Affairs and General Counsel, has been appointed to the position of Interim CEO. The Board will immediately establish an Executive Transition Committee that will develop a time frame and process for the recruitment and selection of new leadership.
"I recognize the magnitude of this news – and that it comes on top of what has been a traumatic period for NPR and the larger public radio community. The Board is committed to supporting NPR through this interim period and has confidence in NPR's leadership team."
NPR media correspondent DAVID FOLKENFLIK said this morning on the network's "MORNING EDITION" that he was told by sources that SCHILLER was forced out of her position. The move comes after the resignation of fundraising VP RON SCHILLER (no relation), who was caught on video in a sting set up by conservative activist JAMES O'KEEFE making negative comments about conservatives and Tea Party members.