June 14th, 2011 | Brent Walth News | Posted In: Media

Emily Harris is Forced Out by Oregon Public Broadcasting As Host of OPB's Think Out Loud

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Emily Harris, the host of Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Think Out Loud" morning talk show, says she's been asked to leave the show and the network by OPB's management.

OPB made an abrupt announcement Tuesday morning, says only that Harris has already left and "is pursuing other opportunities." Morgan Holm, OPB’s vice president of news and public affairs, said that David Miller, the current on-line host and frequent fill-in for Harris, will take over as host next week.

Harris told WW that she was asked to leave.

"OPB has been working hard to expand their local news coverage, an effort I wholeheartedly support," Harris said in a statement to WW. "'Think Out Loud," started three years ago, is part of that effort. We have had some editorial differences, which management chose to resolve by asking me to leave. I wish them good luck as the show continues to evolve. Dave will do a great job, and, as far as me, stay tuned."

It's a huge loss for OPB: Harris, who grew up in Oregon, had years of experience at National Public Radio and brought professionalism and common sense to her work on "Think Out Loud."

Holm declined to comment on why Harris left. "Emily has left OPB, and beyond that I can't say much more," Holm told WW. "I thank her for her work and contribution to OPB, and I wish her well."

In a prepared statement, Holm did have this to say about Miller: “We are pleased that David agreed to step into the on-air host position. He has a great deal of experience and knowledge about the show since he was hired at the launch of the program. We are sure our listeners will enjoy David in his expanded role.”
 
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