Two Native journalists fired after protesting KNAB ethics

Four journalists walk off job to support dismissed colleagues

Posted: Monday, March 06, 2000

ANCHORAGE - Two veteran Native radio journalists have been fired from KNBA for taking their complaints about management decisions public and for recruiting several colleagues to their cause.

Nellie Moore and D'Anne Hamilton were handed letters Sunday afternoon after a sometimes emotional meeting of the Koahnic Broadcast Corp. board of directors.

After listening to more than two hours of statements from employees and station supporters, the board unanimously passed a resolution in support of station president and CEO Jacyln Sallee. The resolution was prepared before the meeting and bore Friday's date.

``Once (the board) backed Jaclyn, I pretty much expected this,'' Moore said Sunday evening.

Moore, KNBA national program manager, will be temporarily replaced by former Koahnic president Susan Braine, according to a press release from the corporation issued late Sunday.

Moore and Hamilton, the broadcast corporation's training center director, were suspended from their jobs last week over what they said was an ethical dispute with Sallee over the format of ``Pathways,'' a show in development. The dispute involved proposed guest hosts for the show and their ties to Native corporations and contributions, ties that Moore and Hamilton said violate journalistic ethics concerning conflict of interest.

In response to their suspension, four other KNBA journalists walked off the job in support last week, including the station's Washington, D.C., correspondent. They were told Sunday to return to work or also be fired.

Sallee and Koahnic board chairman Roy Huhndorf declined comment. But in a prepared release, Sallee was quoted saying, ``Both managers handled an internal dispute in a completely inappropriate manner.''

Moore was producer and host of ``National Native News,'' which airs on about 130 radio stations around the country, including KTOO public radio in Juneau.



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