KJZZ Manager Reassigned At Rio Salado College Following Investigation

By Jeff Tyler
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:22am
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:39am
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Rio Salado College in Tempe.

KJZZ's associate general manager of news, Mark Moran, has been demoted and will no longer work in the newsroom. The move follows an investigation by Moran’s employer into his workplace conduct.

Rio Salado College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District.

Moran was put on administrative leave in May. He returned to Rio Salado on Sept. 4.

Rio Salado College released a copy of the investigation report Thursday morning.

The report finds that Moran violated policies, including a failure to perform job duties.

An independent investigator hired to consider multiple allegations concluded that he did not sexually harass women at the station.

But the investigator did suggest that Moran should be required to get sexual harassment training, and she found that he “made a false statement to this investigator.”

Moran admits to some of the allegations.

“I’m really sorry for offending people with what were perceived as insensitive comments in the newsroom," he said.

But he would not comment on allegations that he kissed a former intern. The woman was no longer associated with the station at the time. And Moran disagreed with one of the investigator’s conclusions.

"It is not accurate that I was untruthful to the investigator. I felt that things were said about me that I needed to correct and set the record straight," he said.

Moran worked for KJZZ for almost 20 years. He had been on administrative leave since May, pending the results of the investigation. As part of his demotion, Moran will take a 5 percent pay cut.

Earlier this week, Moran started a new job in the marketing department at Rio Salado College.

KJZZ is licensed to the Maricopa County Community College District. Jeff Tyler is an independent journalist hired by KJZZ to report on this investigation.

(Download PDF of the report)