John Hockenberry Is 6th NPR Employee Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Thursday, December 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

7 Dec 2017

Our tax dollars are being well spent at National Public Radio, a left-wing news outlet that has obviously tolerated and enabled a toxic culture of sexual misconduct against women for quite some time. You can now add NPR icon John Hockenberry to a list that also includes David Sweeney, NPR’s chief news editor; Garrison Keillor, NPR icon; WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz; and Michael Orsekes, NPR’s senior vice president and editorial director.

The last three were fired over allegations of misconduct. Lopate and Schwarts are on an “indefinite leave.”

Hockenberry, however, was allowed to “honorably” retire in August of this year after nearly three decades of co-hosting the morning news program “The Takeaway” for WNYC, which was heard on 270 stations. This early retirement at age 61, occurred six months after a sexual harassment complaint had been filed against him.

The woman who filed the complaint, Suki Kim, a journalist with a focus on North Korea, claims that the married-with-five-kids Hockenberry repeatedly asked her out. “Any interest in a museum and coffee?”; “Next time maybe we could try for something outside in the park maybe the Met or something”; “Let’s do a date”; and “Need more Kim.”

A July 2016 email with the subject line “Need another dose of you,” was the final straw. Kim broke off contact. She claims Hockenberry would not go away and received emails that read, “Let me know if I am bugging you or creeping you out?”; and “Miss you.”

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