WNYC Fires Longtime Hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz

New York Public Radio on Thursday announced that it had terminated longtime hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, two weeks after the pair were suspended over accusations of “inappropriate conduct.” Per a statement from WNYC, “New York Public Radio has terminated the employment of Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz following two separate investigations overseen by outside counsel. These investigations found that each individual had violated our standards for providing an inclusive, appropriate, and respectful work environment. In each investigation, an outside investigator interviewed multiple witnesses as well as Lopate and Schwartz.” The two hosts were initially placed on leave on December 6.