Pacifica Foundation’s exec. director fired by new chair

Daily Planet staff
Thursday October 25, 2001

Pacifica Foundation Executive Director Bessie Wash has been fired by the new board chair Robert Farrell, according to a press statement from KPFA advocates and verified by programmer Larry Bensky. 

Farrell has also agreed to court-supervised mediation of the pending law suits. 

Wash, formerly station manager of Pacifica station WPFW in Washington, was named executive director by a board then controlled by former chair Mary Frances Berry.  

She has presided over “the banning of Pacifica's only remaining nationwide program, ‘Democracy Now,’ (and) the ‘mainstreaming’ of the once alternative daily Pacifica Network News,” the press statement says. 

Farrell was not available for comment.