WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate, Jonathan Schwartz suspended amid allegations of 'inappropriate conduct'

Esequiel Farfan
Diciembre 7, 2017

Two longtime hosts for a New York City public radio station have been suspended while the station investigates unspecified accusations of inappropriate conduct. WNYC's Mary Harris will fill-in for Lopate.

New York Public Radio CEO Laura Walker announced the suspensions of WNYC's Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz.

Her announcement comes just days after "The Takeaway" host John Hockenberry was accused of sexual harassment.

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Lopate told The New York Times that he was "baffled" and "really quite shocked and upset" by the suspension, which he said came without warning at 11 a.m. Wednesday as he was preparing for the noon broadcast of his show.

The Lopate and Schwartz actions followed a bombshell report published Friday in New York Magazine that said Hockenberry sexually harassed and and bullied colleagues for years before he retired, seemingly out of the blue, in August. Her own story, she wrote, "started in December 2014, when I was a guest on his show to discuss my book Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite".

"[Leonard Lopate and Johnathan Schwartz have been] placed on leave effective immediately, pending an investigation into accusations of inappropriate conduct", Walker said. Hockenberry apologized in a statement to Kim, saying he should have been more aware of how the power he wielded over others could be construed.

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