NPR Exec Accused of Inappropriate Conduct in 1990s

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Michael Oreskes

The executive, Michael Oreskes, has been placed on leave.

Two women have come forward and accused NPR senior vp of news Michael Oreskes of acting inappropriately toward them back in the late 1990s. (The Washington Post on Tuesday first reported the allegations from the unnamed women, which were made in recent weeks.)

The incidents allegedly occurred while Oreskes, a veteran, well-known journalist, was working as Washington bureau chief for The New York Times. The women said that he "abruptly kissed them while they were speaking with him about working at the newspaper."

NPR has placed Oreskes on leave while the allegations are invested, and released the following statement: "We take these kinds of allegations very seriously. If a concern is raised, we review the matter promptly and take appropriate steps as warranted to assure a safe, comfortable and productive work environment. As a matter of policy, we do not comment about personnel matters."

Oreskes joined NPR in 2015, after serving as an executive for the Associated Press.

Vox Media and BuzzFeed are also currently conducting investigations into allegations of inappropriate conduct made against employees.

3:50 p.m.: Updated with news of Oreskes being placed on leave.