NPR’s board of directors has approved hiring a law firm to review the network’s handling of the termination of Juan Williams‘ contract, and the network has taken steps to address concerns raised by journalists of color.
NPR has hired a second African American on-air reporter, Alex P. Kellogg of the Wall Street Journal, plans to make up for its omission of “All Things Considered” co-anchor Michele Norris from its 40th-year anniversary book and is in the final stages of hiring a senior editor whose job will be to find diverse sources and voices for NPR stories.
The firing of Williams hovered over the first meeting of the NPR board of directors since last month’s events. And while the erstwhile “news analyst” was nowhere in sight, it was obvious that he had emerged the clear winner in the episode. More…