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Friday, December 3, 2021

WNYC Withdraws Four Articles On Its Gothamist News Site

WNYC, which has over a million AM and FM radio stations listened to weekly, has experienced significant staff turnover over the past year. Fourteen journalists have quit or have been fired from more than 150 editorial staff. In April, the station fired four people who worked in the newsroom.

SAG-AFTRA filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing WNYC of retaliating against a seller who was among the laid off employees. A station spokeswoman said WNYC “never made and never will make retaliation-based personnel decisions.”

Workplace morale was low, dozens of current and former employees said, most of whom spoke out on condition of anonymity for this article to discuss internal issues.

“I didn’t want to leave,” Jim O’Grady, a reporter who left WNYC last month after 11 years, said in an interview. “But I felt like I should, because for the most part it is no longer a place of collaboration, collegiality and mutual respect.”

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When Ms. Cooper joined WNYC in 2020, after five years as Editor-in-Chief of The San Francisco Chronicle, she found herself in a precarious work environment. The station was still not recovering from a 2017 internally called Trouble period, when veteran hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz were fired for violating workplace standards and another longtime host, John Hockenberry, was accused of sexual harassment for months. after retirement.

Goli Sheikholeslami, chief executive of WNYC, said in an interview that the recent staff turnover is the result of a “necessary but also very exciting transformation” as the station tries to expand its audience and make WNYC more “multi-platform.”

When changes take place, Ms. Cooper said, “Some people will be thrilled, some will wait and see, and some will be terrified.”

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