N.Y. Public Radio Station Fires Two Hosts For Inappopriate Conduct

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WNYC placed the two hosts, Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, on leave earlier this month.

New York public radio network WNYC has fired two prominent hosts, Leonard Lopate and Johnathan Schwartz, who had been placed on leave earlier this month as part of an investigation into their conduct.

The network said in a statement on Thursday that two separate investigations were conducted, both overseen by outside counsel.

"These investigations found that each individual had violated our standards for providing an inclusive, appropriate, and respectful work environment," the network said. "In each investigation, an outside investigator interviewed multiple witnesses as well as Lopate and Schwartz."

WNYC said that Lopate's conduct was previously investigated in February and he was mandated to participate in anti-harassment training. Schwartz has also previously been disciplined for his conduct, it was revealed on Thursday.

On Dec. 6, New York Public Radio CEO Laura Walker had said in a statement that the organization was placing the two on leave as it reviewed allegations of inappropriate conduct. "NYPR is committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure a respectful, equitable, inclusive and harassment-free workplace for everyone," Walker said at the time.

Lopate hosted the daily program The Leonard Lopate Show and was employed by the station for more than 30 years. 

John Hockenberry, who formerly hosted the WNYC program The Takeaway, has recently been accused of sexual harassment.