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NPR chief Vivian Schiller resigns

The hits keep coming at NPR, with news today that CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned. In case you haven't followed recent upheaval at the Washington-based organization, here's a quick summary:

Last fall, news analyst Juan Williams was dismissed, following comments that he made about feeling nervous when he sees people in "Muslim garb" on airplanes. Amid a storm from the political right -- and broader questions about whether NPR was censoring an analyst's speech -- the senior vice president for news, Ellen Weiss, resigned in January.

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Then, this week, a video surfaced in which a top NPR fundraiser, Ron Schiller (no relation to the CEO) slammed Tea Party activists as racists. Though the video was a politically inspired sting, he was gone soon, followed by the CEO.

It's troubling to see such problems at an organization that has had a strong literary component, including reviews, author interviews and a book club. I just hope the political in-fighting surrounding NPR, which includes efforts to withdraw federal funding, doesn't damage the coverage of the world of books.

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But for a while, it's sure to be a rocky ride.

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