Schiller resigns as NPR chief

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Washington, D.C.—Vivian Schiller, president-CEO of NPR, resigned Wednesday, effective immediately. “The board accepted Vivian's resignation with understanding, genuine regret and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years,” Dave Edwards, chairman of the NPR board, said in a statement.

Schiller's resignation followed controversy surrounding the remarks of Ron Schiller, former NPR senior VP-development, who appeared to be captured on hidden camera saying the NPR doesn't need federal funding and that the tea party is “racist.” The hidden camera meeting was reportedly set up by James O'Keefe, the political activist whose selectively edited videotape of Acorn employees in 2008 placed that organization under fire.

Ron Schiller had previously announced his resignation from NPR to join the Aspen Arts Institute Program as director. He is now leaving NPR immediately and reportedly will no longer be joining Aspen Arts.

Vivian Schiller previously weathered a controversy over the firing of former NPR correspondent Juan Williams. She joined NPR two years ago from the New York Times Co., where she was senior VP-general manager of

Joyce Slocum, NPR senior VP-legal affairs and general counsel, will serve as the organization's interim.

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