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Washington Post delves into resignation of NPR news executive

The Washington Post reports on what led to the sudden resignation of NPR's former top news executive, Ellen Weiss, in early January. While Weiss wasn't an on-air talent, those who have followed the controversial firing of Juan Williams should be familiar with her. She's the person who fired Williams over the telephone. Officially, Weiss resigned. But the Post reports that NPR CEO Vivian Schiller told her to resign or be fired. The demand came after the findings of an internal investigation of the Williams firing. According to the Post's report, there were problems with Weiss's version of how the Williams firing went down. "The e-mail traffic supported Vivian's (Shciller's) timeline," an NPR board member said. And apparently, it wasn't the first time Weiss had used the phone to tell someone he'd be losing his job. Former host Alex Chadwick said Weiss called him in 2008 while he was meeting with his wife's cancer specialist. The purpose of the call was to inform him he would be laid off.