Jul 6, 2012

Iowa Public Radio employees complain to board over news director's departure

The Iowa Public Radio Board of Directors has received complaints from a “significant” number of employees upset by the "apparent dismissal" of Jonathan Ahl, the network’s news director, according to The Gazette in Cedar Rapids.

The board chair, Arthur Neu, a former lieutenant governor and state senator, said he is "concerned about employee morale" after speaking with employees from the IPR news operation, the paper reported.

“They greatly respected Jonathan,” Neu said. “They recognized some shortcomings, but they thought he was very innovative and, from their perspective, had been doing a very good job.”

Ahl left the station on May 31, and soon after resigned his post as president of the PRNDI board. He declined to comment to Current on reason for his departure.

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