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Albany In State Of "Soul-Searching" After Fall Of Robert Freeman

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt
New York State Capitol

Inappropriate touching. Pornography kept on a work computer. Conversations that veered from open government questions to a reporter’s appearance. Those allegations and more have led to the firing of a fixture in New York state government: Robert Freeman. 

Freeman had headed the New York state Committee on Open Government for more than four decades, serving as a resource to generations of reporters seeking access to government documents and meetings.

But as the USA Today Network's Albany Bureau reported, Freeman faces allegations of sexual harassment from a number of journalists, and was the subject of previous investigations. Reporter Jon Campbell joined us to discuss the latest.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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