Michele Norris Steps Down From NPR
NPR personality Michele Norris announced she was stepping down from her co-hosting gig on the station's All Things Considered program in a letter sent to the company's staff Monday.
Norris, who will continue to report for the organization, gave up the post because of her husband's decision to accept a position within President Obama's re-election campaign. She had been with the program since 2002.
"Given the nature of Broderick's position with the campaign and the impact that it will most certainly have on our family life, I will temporarily step away from my hosting duties until after the 2012 elections," she wrote.
NPR's ethic's code states that having a "spouse, family member or companion" of an employee is involved in a political party, the journalist should consult their supervisor to determine whether "s/he should recuse him or herself from a certain story or certain coverage."
Read the full letter below.
"I need to share some news and I wanted to make sure my NPR family heard this first. Last week, I told news management that my husband, Broderick Johnson, has just accepted a senior adviser position with the Obama Campaign. After careful consideration, we decided that Broderick's new role could make it difficult for me to continue hostingATC. Given the nature of Broderick's position with the campaign and the impact that it will most certainly have on our family life, I will temporarily step away from my hosting duties until after the 2012 elections. I will be leaving the host chair at the end of this week, but I'm not going far. I will be wearing a different hat for a while, producing signature segments and features and working on new reporting projects. While I will of course recuse myself from all election coverage, there's still an awful lot of ground that I can till in this interim role.
This has all happened very quickly, but working closely with NPR management, we've been able to make a plan that serves the show, honors the integrity of our news organization and is best for me professionally and personally.
I will certainly miss hosting, but I will remain part of the ATC team and I look forward to contributing to our show and NPR in new and exciting ways."