NYPR fires Bob Garfield after investigation into bullying

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New York Public Radio has fired On the Media host Bob Garfield for violating its anti-bullying policy, the organization said Monday. 


The decision to fire Garfield was the “result of a pattern of behavior that violated NYPR’s anti-bullying policy,” according to the statement. 

The decision followed an outside investigation that concluded Garfield had violated the policy, the statement said. Garfield had previously been disciplined for violating the policy following a 2020 investigation, the statement added. 

Garfield did not respond to a request for comment. 

On the Media airs on 421 stations. It will continue with current host Brooke Gladstone as solo host, NYPR said. 

“We recognize Bob’s contributions to our industry and our listeners,” the statement said. “We also affirm NYPR’s commitment to providing an inclusive and respectful environment for our employees, guests and listeners.”

Garfield said in tweets following the announcement that he was “fired not for ‘bullying’ per se, but for yelling in 5 meetings over 20 years” and that his “employment dispute … will be dealt with in the proper venues.” 

This post has been updated to include Garfield’s tweets.

3 thoughts on “NYPR fires Bob Garfield after investigation into bullying

  1. Well, we’re probably going to get details later. So we shall see. But it’s certainly easier for WNYC to terminate first and ask questions later. As to OTM the program itself, it’s about to get an even more liberal slant. Garfield is anything but conservative, but Gladstone alone will take this thing toward a “Democracy Now” kind of leftwing pitch. Those stations that reside in purple states, take care. There’s a dotted line which if crossed, can lose you valuable numbers of moderate listeners.

  2. Bob Garfield is guilty of being white and male and not showing sufficient remorse for being so. WNYC will not tolerate an act of outrage by anyone – unless they are not white and male.

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