The former Senate majority leader has been with GPB as the executive producer of its “Georgia Works” initiative since December 2012, when he quit the Senate just after winning a bid for re-election.
The sources, who wished to remain anonymous, said Rogers was told he was being let go Friday.
It wasn’t clear why Rogers was being let go.
Multiple calls and emails to GPB spokespeople weren’t returned. A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal declined to comment, because it’s “not a governor’s office matter.” Rogers, who had the governor’s help in getting the job, couldn’t be reached for comment.
The revelation of the employment status of the former lawmaker, who had a long history in radio, comes after many months of criticism of Rogers’ reportedly $150,000 taxpayer-funded salary, which, according to open.ga.gov, is more than the governor makes.
Shortly after Rogers’ salary was made public last year, a veteran GPB producer resigned from the network after 15 years, citing Rogers’ pay in a time of budget cuts as part of her motivation.
Rogers’ radio show, “Georgia Works,” recorded in midtown Atlanta, debuted in July 2013 and focused on the state of the employment climate around Georgia. Rogers and GPB were also criticized for the long time between his hiring and the show’s debut.
Progressive advocacy group Better Georgia took the broadcaster and Rogers to task for not delivering the promised weekly show just before GPB announced the show would debut.
Progressive advocacy group Better Georgia took the broadcaster and Rogers to task for not delivering the promised weekly show just before GPB announced the show would debut. A spokeswoman for the broadcaster called the timing a coincidence. While the show was in the planning stages, Rogers made posts to his GPB blog about jobs in Georgia.
The 45-year-old former Cherokee lawmaker was first elected to the Georgia House in 2002 and to the Senate in 2004.
After winning re-election to his Senate seat in 2012, Rogers opted not to seek another term as majority leader just before resigning. Rogers told the Tribune after announcing his departure from the Legislature no one pressured him to leave the Senate, and he noted he and Deal first spoke of the job change a few months before.
“He was extremely supportive the whole time,” Rogers said at the time. “He said, ‘Look, this is an opportunity that is available. I think you’d be great for it. If you want to explore it, we’re here to help you explore it.’”