About Jarl Mohn, the CEO of NPR

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Jarl Mohn (born December 26, 1951)[1] is an American media executive and investor. He is the CEO of NPR

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From the Washington Post

“Mohn was also the founding president and chief executive of Liberty Digital, the investment arm of Liberty Media Corp., from 1999 to 2002. He was eventually rewarded with $50 million in cash and 5.7 million shares of the parent company, a stake worth more than $750 million today.”

Men with money and power, remind you of anyone?

What Jarl Mohn is good at is raising money and doing nothing about serious issues regarding NPR’s code of conduct, such as adhering to ethical company policies, which should be committed to maintaining a work environment in which people are treated with dignity, and making sure journalists adhere to their “code of ethics,” instead of promoting them when they violate them. Here is a little history:

On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported the accounts of two women who said Mr. Oreskes had sexually harassed them in the 1990s, when he was the Washington bureau chief at The Times. The women said Mr. Oreskes made unwanted sexual advances as they were discussing career opportunities and advice with him.

After The Post published its report, a current NPR employee, Rebecca Hersher, said she had filed a complaint about Mr. Oreskes with NPR’s human resources department in October 2015. NPR hired Mr. Oreskes in March 2015.

Mr. Mohn confirmed that NPR had first learned of a sexual harassment allegation involving Mr. Oreskes in the fall of 2015, calling Mr. Oreskes’s actions “unacceptable” and “deplorable.” NPR investigated the complaint, Mr. Mohn said, and put Mr. Oreskes on notice.

Last fall, another woman told NPR that Mr. Oreskes harassed her roughly two decades ago, while he was working at The Times. And last month, a third woman complained to NPR about Mr. Oreskes’s behavior when he was at The Times.

After that complaint, Mr. Mohn said, he put out a memo asking anyone who had experienced or witnessed any questionable behavior to contact NPR. “No one stepped forward,” he said.

Mr. Mohn batted back any suggestion that NPR had not taken action against Mr. Oreskes until after The Post published its article. But he acknowledged that NPR could have done more.

“Clearly, we didn’t do everything we could, because it didn’t result in the right answer,” he said. “But to suggest we were not doing anything or we were not acting appropriately or that we were doing nothing is false.”

NPR reporter grills boss over sexual harassment allegations

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The collision of a radio network’s management and a radio network’s newsroom was heard nationwide on Wednesday when NPR CEO Jarl Mohn was grilled by one of his network’s reporters — Mary Louise Kelly — on why NPR fired its head of news only after the Washington Post blew the whistle on Michael Oreskes’ behavior 20 years ago at the New York Times, when he accosted two women in separate incidents.

It was an unusual, and likely uncomfortable, few minutes as Kelly interrogated her boss.

It was a year later that Mohn says he learned of one of the incidents at the Times.

“If that is the sequence, and you knew of the multiple allegations, did it cross your mind that leaving him in would put other colleagues at risk?” Kelly asked.

“My understanding is that (NPR) employee felt we satisfactorily addressed the issue…” he responded.

“But that issue you knew about when the second allegation came in,” Kelly interjected.

“When the second woman’s story (at the New York Times) surfaced, there had been rumors circulating around the building here about his behavior. We can’t act on that. We have to act on facts,” he said.

Here are more facts:

Jarl Mohn was aware of William Yeager and his wife Anais, and their three month long drawn out correspondence pleading and begging NPR to remove their extremely biased, defamatory story written by a journalist who had only been two and a half months on the job, and had violated the 124,000 word code of ethics book that journalists are supposed to adhere to.
For three months Jarl Mohn, while well aware of the pain and damage NPR had unjustly caused to the Yeagers, did nothing to help them. He takes a leave of absence to recuperate after the Oreskes’ incident, to likely purchase more $300,000 paintings and play golf, he then dumps the Yeagers’ problem on guess who?
Another woman, general counsel Ashley Messenger; we know how this will play out don’t we?
It appears the lawsuit William Yeager V. NPR now puts Messenger on the hot seat, when everyone knows there is more to the story.
We hope someone, hopefully (“women”) will stop taking this man’s crap (money, power); women of courage stand up please!