WNYC fixtures Leonard Lopate, Jonathan Schwartz put on leave amid allegations of inappropriate conduct


WNYC has put two of its longtime hosts on leave amid allegations of inappropriate conduct, the station's CEO Laura Walker announced Wednesday.

"[Leonard Lopate and Johnathan Schwartz have been] placed on leave effective immediately, pending an investigation into accusations of inappropriate conduct," Walker said.

Her announcement comes just days after "The Takeaway" host John Hockenberry was accused of sexual harassment.

Walker said the station "takes these kinds of allegations very seriously and is reviewing these matters promptly" and added "NYPR is committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure a respectful, equitable, inclusive and harassment-free workplace for everyone."

Lopate has hosted a two-hour program on WNYC for more than three decades while Schwartz is best known as the host of the "The Jonathan Channel," which plays primarily jazz and Broadway standards.

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