Radio reporter fired over comedy act reinstated after an arbitrator finds his jokes ‘funny’


by Brooke Schultz

The Associated Press


January 8, 2024

Headquarters of WHYY, where Jad Sleiman worked, in Philadelphia. PAUL MAROTTA/GETTY IMAGES
A reporter who was fired for his standup comedy has been reinstated to his job at a Philadelphia-based public radio station through an arbitrator, who agreed that his jokes were, in some part, funny.

Jad Sleiman, 34, is to be fully reinstated to his position with WHYY, a Philadelphia-based NPR station, after an arbitrator determined that, while the bits posted to social media could be interpreted as “inflammatory,” the organization “rushed to judgment” in its decision to terminate him.

In a phone call Friday, Sleiman said he felt vindicated by the decision and plans to return to work.

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