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NPR CEO Jarl Mohn to Take Medical Leave

Jarl Mohn, theCEO of NPR, is going on a medical leave of absence for at least a month, NPR reported, adding the action comes less than a week after NPR's head of news, Michael Oreskes, was ousted amid complaints of sexual harassment. 

Mohn, in an email to staff cited in the NPRarticle, said that "last March I suffered a nearly fatal ruptured aorta. I returned to work with the blessing of my physician with one important caveat—I cannot allow my blood pressure to rise. Regretfully, the hypertension has returned to a dangerous level, and I have been instructed to take medical leave until my health returns to normal, at a minimum of four weeks."

NPRnotedthat "Mohn has faced tough questions from staff over his handling of the Oreskes scandal." Oreskes was ousted at NPR afterThe Washington Postreportedtwo women complained to NPR that Oreskes had kissed them, unwanted, when each was talking to him about getting a job at The New York Times, where he was Washington bureau chief. Those incidents were in the 1990s. After thePostarticle appeared, Mohn stated that Oreskes also had been formally rebuked by NPR, in 2015, after a complaint was made against him by an NPR staffer. And on Tuesday, NPR said, Mohn stated that a "second similar complaint" at NPR was made against Oreskes at around the same time. Mohn has apologized to NPR staff members, NPR said, and told them that he should have acted "faster and more decisively." 

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Kent has been a journalist, writer and editor at Multichannel News since 1994 and with Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He is a good point of contact for anything editorial at the publications and for Before joining Multichannel News he had been a newspaper reporter with publications including The Washington Times, The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal and North County News.