Minnesota Public Radio’s Marianne Combs quit her 23-year job Monday after accusing management at the public radio station of covering for a DJ at sister station 89.3 the Current who has been the target of sexual misconduct allegations.
Combs says she researched and wrote a story about the person being accused of sexual misconduct, it was approved by MPR lawyers, but editors have failed to move forward with the story. She says the editors called the accused a real creep but said he had not done anything illegal and her story would have brought on a lawsuit.
In a 19-post thread on Twitter Combs accused editors at MPR of showing a complete lack of leadership and she no longer had any confidence they will handle the story appropriately.
According to the Star Tribune, MPR President Duchesne Drew said the editors decided the story was not yet ready to run because it didn’t meet its journalistic standards. He said the station was blindsided by Combs’ resignation and he supports the decision of the editors not to run the story. “Editors had discussed with her how to strengthen the story … The sources in the story do not allege that the subject of the story assaulted them or did anything illegal. None of the sources in the story were willing to be identified. The reporting could not confirm that any of the women had reported their allegations or incidents to authorities. No complaints regarding any action by him have been brought forward to MPR’s HR staff. No MPR employee has made any accusations against him on their own behalf, nor on behalf of other employees. Facts matter, to us and to our audiences, and we work hard to earn the trust of every listener by honoring the highest standards of professional journalism in every story.”