Updated Apr 17, 2024 - Business

Suspended NPR editor resigns after accusing network of liberal bias

A view of the National Public Radio (NPR) headquarters on North Capitol Street February 22,

A view of the National Public Radio (NPR) headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 22. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

NPR senior editor Uri Berliner announced Wednesday that he is resigning from the publication, saying he "cannot work in a newsroom where I am disparaged."

Why it matters: Berliner's resignation comes shortly after he was suspended from NPR over an essay he published in an outside publication accusing the network of becoming too entrenched in a progressive worldview.

Context: In an essay in The Free Press earlier this month, Berliner criticized NPR's coverage of various topics and wrote that "an open-minded spirit no longer exists within NPR."

  • NPR's Chief Content Officer Edith Chapin then defended the network against Berliner's accusations in a memo to staff, saying NPR leaders "strongly disagree" with his views.
  • NPR reported Tuesday that Berliner had begun a five-day suspension without pay on Friday.

State of play: In a statement posted to X announcing his resignation, Berliner said he wants to see NPR "thrive and do important journalism."

  • "But I cannot work in a newsroom where I am disparaged by a new CEO whose divisive views confirm the very problems at NPR I cite in my Free Press essay," he added.
  • NPR told Axios it "does not comment on individual personnel matters."

The big picture: Many prominent newsrooms are wrestling with questions of bias and neutrality in their coverage, including the New York Times.

  • These debates come as public trust in media has plunged in recent decades in the U.S. The downward trend is true of Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike.

Editor's note: This story is developing and will be updated.

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