NPR Host Steps Down, Cites Obama Re-Election Bid

Oct 25, 2011  •  Post A Comment

One of the co-hosts of NPR’s "All Things Considered" announced in a letter to staff Monday that she is leaving the show because her husband has accepted a position to work on President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The decision by Michele Norris conforms with NPR’s code of ethics, which says that a "spouse, family member or companion" of an employee cannot be involved in a political party without consulting the employer, the story reports. Norris’ spouse, Broderick Johnson, will be in a senior adviser position with the Obama campaign.

Norris wrote in the letter to NPR staff: "Given the nature of Broderick’s position with the campaign and the impact that it will most certainly have on our family life, I will temporarily step away from my hosting duties until after the 2012 elections."

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