Longtime WNYC Host Jami Floyd quits, filing suit against ‘racist’ practices

Decorated Black journalist and attorney Jami Floyd, 57, previously hosted New York Public Radio’s (NYPR) WNYC “All Things Considered” show and was director of the station’s Race and Justice Unit. This Tuesday, in front of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Courthouse in Manhattan, Floyd announced that she abruptly quit due to alleged race, age, defamation, and gender discrimination in the workplace.

“Let me be clear, we are not talking about imagined slights. We are talking about specific alleged offensive and hostile acts that resulted, and result in, an adverse environment that Black and Brown people are expected to simply brush off,” said Floyd at the presser.

A native Manhattanite, Floyd grew up a few blocks away from the courthouse and loved to listen to public radio, she said. She had worked at NPR since 2015 and freelanced there since 2010. However, on Monday, the New York Post reported that WNYC accused Floyd of 45 instances of plagiarism in online articles she had contributed.

In response to the Amsterdam News’ inquiry, NYPR’s Vice President of Communications Jennifer Houlihan Roussel said that NYPR takes any allegation of discrimination, harrassment and other violations of policies at the organization seriously.

“We are reviewing Ms. Floyd’s statements today and will fully investigate them as appropriate,” said Roussel in an email. “We are committed to providing an inclusive and equitable workplace for our employees. Making New York Public radio a more welcoming work environment for people of all backgrounds is important to us and our work. We have invested towards this goal over the last few years and are committed to continue to do so.”

Roussel said that Floyd was shown four articles found in fall of 2021 and seven examples of unattributed words and phrases before her resignation. Roussel said that the full findings of the investigation were intended to be presented this week, and that Floyd had “admitted” to NYPR that the examples were unacceptable by editorial policies.

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