NPR boss: Williams firing review ‘well underway, but not complete’

NPR president's memo to staff

From: Vivian Schiller
Date: November 11, 2010 9:32:52 AM EST
To: AllStaff
Subject: Update on NPR Review

Hi Everyone,

You may recall that I mentioned in my October 24th memo that we would conduct a thorough review of all aspects of our decision to terminate Juan Williams' contract. Because it will be discussed at today's meeting of our Board of Directors, I wanted to let you know that we recommended and the Board agreed that it would be prudent to commission an independent, objective third party to review both the process by which the decision was made, and the way it was implemented and communicated. NPR has retained the Weil firm to conduct that review, reporting to a committee of the Board. They have been asked to work quickly, but more importantly, to ensure a thorough process. That review is well underway, but not complete; as such, it would be premature to anticipate what form their report will take or what parts might be made public at this time.

Thanks,

Vivian

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    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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