Wednesday, November 29, 2017



NOVEMBER 29, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.

Last month, MPR was notified of the allegations which relate to Mr. Keillor's conduct while he was responsible for the production of A Prairie Home Companion (APHC). MPR President Jon McTaggart immediately informed the MPR Board Chair, and a special Board committee was appointed to provide oversight and ongoing counsel. In addition, MPR retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations. Based on what we currently know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff. The attorney leading the independent investigation has been conducting interviews and reviewing documents, and the investigation is still ongoing. We encourage anyone with additional information to call our confidential hotline 1-877-767-7781.

MPR takes these allegations seriously and we are committed to maintaining a safe, respectful and supportive work environment for all employees and everyone associated with MPR. We want a workplace where anyone who experiences unwanted behavior feels comfortable in reporting concerns to MPR. Discrimination, harassment, retaliation or other inappropriate behaviors will not be tolerated.

MPR will end its business relationships with Mr. Keillor's media companies effective immediately. By terminating the contracts, MPR and American Public Media (APM) will:

* end distribution and broadcast of The Writer's Almanac and rebroadcasts of The Best of A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor;

* change the name of APM's weekly music and variety program hosted by Chris Thile; and,

* separate from the Pretty Good Goods online catalog and the website.

MPR and APM will work closely with public radio stations to help make the programming transitions as seamless as possible. "Garrison Keillor has been an important part of the growth and success of MPR, and all of us in the MPR community are saddened by these circumstances," said Jon McTaggart, President of MPR. "While we appreciate the contributions Garrison has made to MPR and to all of public radio, we believe this decision is the right thing to do and is necessary to continue to earn the trust of our audiences, employees and supporters of our public service." "Over the last several weeks, the special Board Committee has worked closely with MPR President Jon McTaggart and legal counsel to review the facts as we know them and carefully consider the implications of the various options," said David Murphy, Chair of the MPR Board of Trustees. "The Board Committee concluded that terminating the Keillor relationships was the appropriate decision and the Board and Jon are aligned in this action. Fortunately, MPR is one of the strongest public broadcasting organizations in the country. We are confident MPR will continue to innovate with programming and content that ensures MPR will remain one of the most valued sources of news, information and entertainment for decades to come."

Angie Andresen
Director, Communications and Member & Audience Services
American Public Media | Minnesota Public Radio
480 Cedar Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101
651-290-1373 (o)
612-483-8064 (m)

Published 2017-11-29


  1. Replies
    1. 3x times married twice divorced? Is that the new normal? And I suppose that his divorces didn't involve adultery? Stop defending protestant evangelicals.

      Oh and please MPR fired Keillor just for consoling her by rubbing his hand on her back! LOL!

  2. How does defending Keillor about one thing mean that I am justifying his divorces and remarriages? Is anyone innocent until proven guilty?

  3. rotten fruits of fornication. Luther started the mess. Keillor has no problem following in the footsteps of Luther. So you admit that I'm not slandering.

  4. Only in this latest case. We just don't know.

  5. you're right it seems ridiculous - why would an employer fire an employee because he was trying to console a woman by rubbing his hands on her back. There has to be more to the firing than just this - Liberals lie and I bet they are using this story as an excuse for the firing when in fact there is probably more dirty deeds done by the comedian. Remember too - Keillor is a bigot and hater of the Catholic faith he is always mocking the Catholic Faith even if it is oh so subtle.

  6. Our discussion is getting good. You may be correct in that Garrison Keillor has committed many "dirty deeds." But we still don't know that, and we don't know yet that this was indeed a dirty deed. Is it possible that he has been fired because of a track record of misdeeds? Yes. But then I fault greatly Minnesota Public Radio for not spelling out all charges, and for leaving us up in the air. You and I can watch from a distance, and perhaps find out for certain and perhaps never, and we can form our own opinions about the man, which are probably very similar. I used to enjoy parts of Keillor's radio show, all the while considering him a disgusting liberal.

    1. I agree - this news story as is reported is no harassment. Need more info.