October 2018 Issue [Memoir]
And a year of trying to find a road back from personal and public shame
by John Hockenberry,
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Asked why Hockenberry’s contract was not renewed, a spokesperson for WNYC declined to comment on “confidential personnel matters,” but confirmed in an email that he had been officially reported for sexual harassment by co-workers and contributors, that there were HR complaints against him, and that there was an internal investigation following his departure.
Both women dispute the characterization of these events in this account and claim they have been downplayed.
In an email to Harper’s Magazine, Kim wrote, “My reporting on John Hockenberry’s actions when he was a host at WNYC has already been vetted, fact-checked, and published in a national magazine. I stand by the facts in my article, which wasn’t about Hockenberry and myself but about many women at WNYC who strenuously objected to his behavior, and a station leadership that failed to enforce a safe work environment.”