“Takeaway” host Tanzina Vega resigns
Tanzina vega announced on Twitter on Friday that she had resigned her role as host of Takeaway meals, WNYCnationally subscribed public radio program.
“As the first Latina to host the Takeaway, I am very proud of the work I have done to transform the show into a national success that explored the societal gaps of wealth, empathy and truth in our daily lives.” , Vega said in a note.
In a text message to Current, Vega did not respond to questions about why she is leaving the show. She also did not respond to a question about allegations that WNYC staff members filed human resources complaints against her, as reported in a report. New York Times article citing anonymous sources.
“I pride myself on having the necessary balance of empathy and tenacity which is essential for doing high quality journalism,” she said in a text message to Current. “I thank the staff for their work on the show and wish them the best.”
A spokesperson for New York City Public Radio declined to answer questions about the HR complaints reported against Vega, but confirmed the host had been on leave of absence since April.
Melissa Harris-Perry will be the interim host of Takeaway meals until the end of the year.
“Over the past three years, Tanzina and the entire Takeaway team have worked tirelessly to produce a vital daily national news program for listeners to 290 public radio stations and thousands more online,” he said. WNYC CCO Andrew Golis said in an email to staff Friday. “… We wish Tanzina the best for her next chapter.”
Vega accepted the hosting gig in 2018 after previous stints with CNN and the New York Times. She replaced John Hockenberry, who retired in 2017 on charges of sexual harassment.
Vega is the second host to leave WNYC in recent months. She follows Bob Garfield, who was fired for violating the station’s anti-bullying policy.