Minnesota Public Radio’s award-successful arts reporter Marianne Combs launched her resignation from MPR News on Monday morning, accusing its management of covering for a DJ at sister situation 89.3 the Most modern who has been the target of sexual misconduct allegations.
“My editors private failed to scamper forward on the yarn” after months of reporting, Combs said in a resignation letter she posted on Twitter.
MPR answered that it was “blindsided” by the resignation and had sought adjustments from Combs to ensure the yarn met its journalistic requirements.
Combs didn’t title the man but said she “gathered testimony from eight females who explain that he sexually manipulated and psychologically abused them.” Their experiences span 15 years and listing a one who preyed on younger, sexually inexperienced females. These females encountered him whereas he was working at different native radio stations; they are concerned that he’s now the exhaust of his site as a DJ at the Most modern to blueprint and additional torment younger females.”
Combs claimed that MPR News’ ethical group cleared her yarn, however the editors quiet refused to air it. “They described him as ‘an real scamper,’ but panicked that airing a yarn about his behavior would invite a lawsuit,” she said.
Programmers at the Most modern didn’t respond to requests for comment.
In a response Monday afternoon, MPR President Duchesne Drew said the editors “made up our minds that the yarn, which deals with advanced and ravishing disorders, [was] no longer ready to speed which means of it doesn’t meet our journalistic requirements. The truth is, they had been blindsided by Marianne’s resignation and anticipated that she was persevering with to work on the yarn.”
“Editors had discussed along with her solutions to beef up the yarn. … The sources within the yarn construct no longer disclose that the field of the yarn assaulted them or did the leisure unlawful. Now no longer regarded as one of many sources within the yarn had been appealing to be identified. The reporting couldn’t verify that any of the females had reported their allegations or incidents to authorities. No complaints when it comes to any circulate by him had been brought forward to MPR’s HR personnel. No MPR worker has made any accusations against him on their very private behalf, nor on behalf of more than a few staff. …
“Facts topic, to us and to our audiences, and we work no longer easy to originate the believe of every listener by honoring the very ultimate requirements of knowledgeable journalism in every yarn.”
Separately, Drew said the employment site of the Most modern DJ who was the field of Combs’ yarn has no longer changed and ought to quiet no longer “in accordance with what all people knows now.”
He also said it’s unlikely that Combs will be requested to rescind her resignation or try and work this out along with her editors.
In her resignation letter, Combs acknowledged that “the editors haven’t long gone to this level as to execute the yarn, [but] they’ve shown such a total lack of leadership that I now no longer private any confidence they’re going to tackle the yarn precisely.”
Combs was named journalist of the yr by the Society of Professional Journalists in June for her protection of sexual abuse cases at Kid’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. “It was glaring that she attach a ton of work and compassion into discovering and interviewing her issues and asking them to talk a few ravishing field,” SPJ said in its award,
In 2018, MPR prominently severed ties with its flagship persona, “A Prairie Home Partner’s” Garrison Keillor, after investigating “dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents” animated the host.
On Friday, Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media also confronted a public family disaster for firing regarded as one of its most effective Black on-air personalities, classical tune host Garrett McQueen.