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Ms. Summer Reese

Wrong Summer Reese?

Board Member

Local Address: Berkeley, California, United States
Pacifica Radio
2390 Champlain St. NW 2Nd Flr.
Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20009
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1949, Pacifica Radio operates non-commercial radio stations in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC. Pacifica's...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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The New Pacifica!, 18 Dec 2014 [cached]
The Executive Director, Summer Reese, claimed she had a contract and couldn't be fired so easily. When Executive Director Reese showed up for work at the Pacifica National Office the next day she found a padlock on the door. She and the other Staff at the National Office had been locked out. The padlock was removed. The next day a press release was issued.
On May 12, 2014, the judge in this case issued an order that said, in part "Pending the hearing on the order to show cause (on June 3rd), [Summer] Reese is enjoined from entering, remaining, blocking ingress into or egress from, or the passage of persons into and out of PFR's national office at 1925 Berkeley Way. The court at this time, limits the temporary restraining order to Summer Reese herself.
After Summer Reese left the National Office former KPFK General Manager Bernard Duncan was appointed interim Executive Director of Pacifica.
Summer Reese, former ..., 13 May 2014 [cached]
Summer Reese, former executive director of the Pacifica Foundation, was ordered to vacate the network's headquarters Monday after an Alameda County Superior Court judge sided with the majority of the Pacifica board who fired her in March. Reese's continued occupation ... Continue reading →
LA IMC, 24 Mar 2014 [cached]
Is a comment from saying that the PNB vote On Phone to 'fire' Executive Director Summer Reese was 11 to 'fire' and "7" opposed?
The vote was actually 11 to 7 because of low PNB attendance, lack of notice that Summer Reese's employment would be put to a vote, and several Board members leaving the meeting in outrage.
Yee's employee Jose Luis Fuentes is the author of the motion to fire Reese.
And the small majority rules ? - only 12 of 22 PNB member group - suddenly determined that Summer Reese was no longer employed - even if she was hired in a January 2014 legal contract ?
..... Pacifica's corporate counsel Terry Gross of Gross, Belsky and Alonzo, resigned from his position at the end of March after refusing to represent the board of directors in matters relating to Reese's attempted termination.
"in recent interviews Ms. Reese has recounted a stunning conversation she had on this subject with Dan Siegel, the Oakland, California lawyer who brought another of the lawsuits in the "take back Pacifica" mobilization of ~2000, and who has been a protagonist in Pacifica's factional wars ever since (particularly those occurring at KPFA) ........
Some of these KPFK - LSB members who only very recently were elevated to PNB are included in the ousting, outing of Summer Reese. 3 of our 4 voted by phone to expel her.
When Reese left the national headquarters on April 3rd to assist with the legal initiative, some board and staff members attempted to obstruct national office operations, but 22 community members responded to a call for assistance.
"Reese re-entered her workplace at 3:30 in the afternoon without incident.
Director- Summer Reese who had worked at that job as an interim ED for many months before without notice of a problem.
On April Fool's Day, it was used again by alleged board chair Margy Wilkinson in a letter to Executive Director Summer Reese which informed Reese of her much-rumored termination by the board. A copy of the fake letterhead can be found here:
Listen to a KPFK interview with Summer Reese a few nights ago, produced and interview by Roy Tuckman and Eben Rey, available on Soundcloud.
This is a sound room expose for an interview between 2 KPFK late nite staffers and Reese, Pacific Executive Director, a few nights ago, providing more direct information of the conflicts, firings, illegalities, confrontations and all that is "happening" in the Pacifica headquarters located in Berkelely adjacent to the KPFA radio station.
Summer Reese has long been a KPFK local station board member and also a Pacifica National Board member, recently hired officially as Executive Director after working many months as an interim at PNB.
then a strange and unclarified series of events occurred that claimed Summer Reese was "fired" by a telephone vote of PNBers with a 1 vote majority ???? Facts are elusive and attacks are highly prevalent on the internet, easily disguised as 'the whole story' but barely intelligible.
Further dramatic interludes recently indicating that Summer Reese was padlocked out of the PNB offices alongside of KPFA's in Berkeley. She has been described as having cut the padlock, entered the working premises with a number of her supporters and is working there, as contracted.
"...a one vote majority of the Pacifica National Board (PNB) attempted to fire the network's top executive, Pacifica Radio Foundation Executive Director Summer Reese, near midnight at the end of a conference call, with no discussion allowed.
SaveKPFA, 10 June 2011 [cached]
In a short announcement posted March 13, the Pacifica National Board (PNB) reports that it has ended the employment of controversial interim executive director Summer Reese. New board chair Margy Wilkinson sent this longer message to the network's general managers explaining the change, asking that it be forwarded to staff. She confirms that an new interim executive director will be in place soon.
Wilkinson was elected Pacifica chair last month after new delegates from each local station took their seats on the PNB, following annual elections from the five Pacifica local station boards. The memo also notes that the national board is turning its attention to urgent needs in the network's infrastructure, and that a report Pacifica is required to make for continued funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) was submitted on time this year. Last year, the CPB withheld its funding to Pacifica due to "shortcomings in its accounting and operations," according to the online magazine of public broadcasting, Current.
BREAKING: At our publication time, there are reports that Reese had forced her way into the Pacifica National Office in Berkeley and was refusing to leave. Several SaveKPFA supporters are on the scene - more details as we get them.
It's time to reverse the network's decline
wbai Reese was chair of the Pacifica board in 2011, 2012, and 2013. During the last 18 months, she was also the network's interim executive director.
At New York's WBAI, Reese fired or drove out two program directors, and gave huge blocks of airtime to vitamin entrepreneur Gary Null, whose peddling of questionable supplements brought attention from the CPB Ombudsperson's office after listener complaints that the station's fundraising was "ethically-challenged," and whose position denying HIV has angered many in the AIDS activist community.
At KPFA, Reese abruptly transferred general manager Andrew Phillips last year to the program director job at WBAI, then would not let him do the job he'd been tapped for. Reese also failed to appoint a new KPFA general manager as required by the bylaws, even though the Local Station Board hiring committee had interviewed and chosen four acceptable candidates.
Supporting cooperative programming
FSRN logo
After receiving new non-Pacifica funding, Free Speech Radio News, is back online trying to create an economically-viable model - one SaveKPFA believes is likely to be far superior than the replacement, Feature Story News, which Reese put on the air in place of FSRN last year.
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Pacifica's bylaws required it to hold elections in 2013, but Pacifica's executive director Summer Reese failed to hire anyone to run them, and that year's board ratified her inaction by voting to postpone elections - effectively extending many of their own terms.
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The names and resumes were sent in early November to Pacifica interim executive director Summer Reese, who has the responsibility under Pacifica's bylaws to hire one of them. To date, there's no word from Reese on whom she intends to hire.
The most recent tension arose after ..., 21 May 2014 [cached]
The most recent tension arose after the majority group within Pacifica's national board voted to terminate the employment of the now-former executive director, Summer Reese.
At KPFA, staff members describe a divide between paid and unpaid workers. The latter generally support Reese, while the former tend to side with the majority on the national board.
Twelve other members - the majority group that fired Reese - filed a cross-complaint requesting a temporary restraining order to remove Reese from the national office after she had entered the premises by using bolt cutters on a padlock.
Ultimately, the injunction was denied, and the temporary restraining order was granted.
Most staff at KPFA were barred from entering the national office, Negret said, adding that morale was low in the station up until last week, when Reese voluntarily left headquarters after the court decision.
Tracey Rosenberg, who served on the local and national boards and calls herself a supporter of Reese's, alleged that Reese's employment termination was an episode of discrimination because her religious beliefs prevented her from producing a Social Security number.
Reese served as interim executive director of Pacifica for about a year. In November of last year, she signed an agreement that offered her the position as executive director for a three-year term, provided that, among other terms, she completed a background check. Court documents show that the background check was not completed in time.
In late January, Reese signed an employment contract that would place her in the position permanently, but the contract contained several terms that were "significantly and materially different" from the November agreement, according to Judge Ioana Petrou's court decision last week.
In addition to Reese, the contract was signed by Heather Gray and Richard Uzzell, the board's acting chair and secretary, respectively.
"Summer Reese's performance is really open to significant questions," said Don Goldmacher, a member of KPFA's local board.
Margy Wilkinson, chair of the national board, said that Reese did not fulfill the requirements of her position.
Barbara Whipperman, Don Goldmacher, Heather Gray, KPFA, Margy Wilkinson, Pacifica Foundation Radio, Richard Uzell, Richard Uzzell, Summer Reese, Tracey Rosenberg
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