Allegations of inappropriate behavior have been charged against longstanding radio host, Leonard Lopate and on Thursday, the verdict was ‘guilty.’ He was soon relieved from the hosting job that was synonymous with his name and the channel for many years. Read on to know all about him and the accusations against him below!
Amidst allegations of inappropriate behavior, Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz (two very famous personalities on WNYC Radio) were fired by the New York Public Radio on Thursday. When people began to ask questions, the reasons were attributed to inappropriate behavior and the violation of standards of workplace conduct. Leonard Lopate’s allegations have been proved and he was asked to leave the company unceremoniously. Read the story and more on the man himself, right here in our Leonard Lopate wiki.
After the news had surfaced, Lopate was unavailable for comments. However, later he said that, he was “really quite shocked and upset” by the decision of the investigating team and promised earnestly that he had “never done anything inappropriate on any level.” Allegations against him range from sexual harassment, unwanted touching, and even bullying. Women of different age groups have been consistent in their allegations.
His Love Life
Born and raised in Brooklyn, the association between Leonard Lopate and WNYC was a longtime affair. In fact, both the names were literally taken together before Leonard Lopate was recently fired. He was away in Rockland County for some time but when his first marriage ended, he came back to Manhattan. Finally, he was back to the place he was born with his painter girlfriend. After her death in the year 2010, he was later on joined by another companion. Now, she is Leonard Lopate’s wife. She is Melanie Baker, who works both as an artist and a teacher. They married five years ago in the year 2012.
Career and Other Notable Achievements
Leonard Lopate’s age is 77, as he was born on September 23rd, 1940. His first broadcast was at WKCR Radio, which was also the college radio station of Columbia University. His brother, Philip Lopate was also a student at the university, who was a writer by profession. Lopate then moved on to the WBAI, after which he got lucky with WNYC and got to host his own show called The Leonard Lopate Show. However, if you think this is what he did all his life, you’d be wrong. he’s got a few other feathers in his cap as he’s a bit of a jack-of-all-trades! He is a trained painter and had also worked as an ad agency art director in the past before starting to work as a radio host.
With news of these horrible allegations coming to light, we wonder which venture Leonard Lopate might take on next!