Tanzina Vega announced Friday on Twitter that she has resigned as host of The Takeaway, WNYC’s nationally syndicated public radio program.
“As the first Latina to host the Takeaway I’m very proud of the work I did transforming the show into a national success that explored the societal gaps of wealth, empathy and truth in our daily lives,” Vega said in a note.
In a text message to Current, Vega did not address questions about why she is leaving the show. She also did not respond to a question about claims that WNYC staffers had filed human resources complaints against her, as reported in a New York Times article citing anonymous sources.
“I’ve prided myself for having the necessary balance of empathy and toughness that is critical to making high quality journalism,” she said in a text message to Current. “I thank the staff for their work on the show and wish them the best.”
A New York Public Radio spokesperson declined to respond to questions about the reported HR complaints against Vega but confirmed that the host has been on an approved leave of absence since April.
Melissa Harris-Perry will be interim host of The Takeaway through the end of the year.
“Over the last three years, Tanzina and the entire Takeaway team have worked tirelessly to produce an essential daily national news show for the listeners of 290 public radio stations and thousands more online,” WNYC CCO Andrew Golis said in a Friday email to staff. “… We wish Tanzina the very best on her next chapter.”
Vega is the second host to leave WNYC in recent months. She follows Bob Garfield, who was fired for violating the station’s anti-bullying policy.