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    John Hockenberry accused of sexual misconduct.

    I saw this on CBS. FYI.

    AP December 3, 2017, 7:52 AM

    John Hockenberry, former public radio host, accused of sexual misconduct.

    John Hockenberry seen April 24, 2014 in New York City.


    NEW YORK -- A former public radio host in New York City who left his show earlier this year has been accused of
    sexual misconduct by an author and some of his former colleagues.

    Suki Kim said she met former WNYC "The Takeaway" host John Hockenberry in 2014 as a guest on the radio program. He later sent her a series of emails that made her uncomfortable, asking for her home address so he could write her letters and entitling a subject line: "Need another dose of you," she wrote in an article published on New York Magazine's website.

    He left the radio show in August, saying it was time to move on.

    After the accusations against media mogul
    Harvey Weinstein broke, Kim decided to ask Hockenberry's former colleagues about whether they ever felt uncomfortable, she wrote. One former colleague, Kristen Meinzer, told her that he made unwanted advances and wrote her sexually-explicit notes through social media. She eventually left the show.

    Others reported similar behavior but did not want to be named in the story. Kim, author of "Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite" had complained to the station in February.

    In a statement, New York Public Radio called the allegations against Hockenberry disturbing and said the conduct described in the article "would clearly violate NYPR's standards and workplace practices."

    A spokeswoman for New York Public Radio said Hockenberry's contract expired June 30 and was not renewed. She said the company cannot comment on why his contract was not renewed.

    A statement from "The Takeaway" posted on Twitter said the show was disturbed by the report and takes the allegations very seriously.

    Hockenberry issued a statement to the website, saying that he was horrified people felt uncomfortable.

    "Looking back, my behavior was not always appropriate and I'm sorry. It horrifies me that I made the talented and driven people I worked with feel uncomfortable, and that the stress around putting together a great show was made worse by my behavior."

    "Having to deal with my own physical limitations has given me an understanding of powerlessness, and I should have been more aware of how the power I wielded over others, coupled with inappropriate comments and communications, could be construed. I have no excuses," said Hockenberry, who is in a wheelchair after being paralyzed in high school following a car accident.

    Hockenberry did not immediately respond to The Associated Press' request for comment.

    The Takeaway" has 2.7 million weekly listeners and is broadcast on more than 270 stations. It's now hosted by Todd Zwillich.

    The 61-year-old Hockenberry hosted "The Takeaway" from 2008 until earlier this year and is a four-time Emmy Award winner.

    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

    Oh man. So disappointing.
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      Very disappointed. This morning I happened to listen to WNYC where his show was based out of. Apparently involves sexual harassment as well in bullying of females and apparently what had been considered a general decline in his show for the last year or so. WNYC did not renew his contract this past summer.


        Yes, so disappointed. Also Garrison Keillor. Maybe testosterone poisoning and being a sexual bully just go hand in hand with being successful in TV/Film/Radio businesses??

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          Those wheelchair guys are the biggest perves...