NPR Editor Who Accused Broadcaster of Liberal Bias Resigns

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Uri Berliner, who has worked at NPR for 25 years, said in an essay last week that the nonprofit had allowed progressive bias to taint its coverage.

Uri Berliner sits in a room surrounded by greenery.
Uri Berliner said in a social media post on Wednesday that he was resigning because of criticism from the network’s chief executive, Katherine Maher.Credit...Pete Kiehart for The Free Press

Benjamin Mullin

April 17, 2024, 11:28 a.m. ET

Uri Berliner, the NPR editor who accused the broadcaster of liberal bias in an online essay last week, prompting criticism from conservatives and recrimination from many of his co-workers, said he resigned from the nonprofit.

Mr. Berliner said in a social media post on Wednesday that he was resigning because of criticism from the network’s chief executive, Katherine Maher.

Though Ms. Maher didn’t mention Mr. Berliner by name, she put out a statement days after his essay ran in The Free Press, a popular Substack publication, saying that questioning whether NPR journalists are serving our mission with integrity is “profoundly disrespectful, hurtful, and demeaning.”

“I cannot work in a newsroom where I am disparaged by a new C.E.O. whose divisive views confirm the very problems at NPR I cite in my Free Press essay,” Mr. Berliner wrote.

Mr. Berliner said that he loved NPR, calling it a “great American institution,” adding that he respected “the integrity of my colleagues and wish for NPR to thrive and do important journalism.”

An NPR spokeswoman, Isabel Lara, said that the nonprofit did not comment on personnel matters. Mr. Berliner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more updates.

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