NPR: Audie Cornish

Audie Cornish is host of All Things Considered, along with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block.

Previously, she served as host of Weekend Edition Sunday. Prior to moving into that host position in the fall of 2011, Cornish reported from Capitol Hill for NPR News, covering issues and power in both the House and Senate and specializing in financial industry policy. She was part of NPR's six-person reporting team during the 2008 presidential election, and had a featured role in coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Cornish comes to Washington, D.C., from Nashville, where she covered the South for NPR, including many the Gulf states left reeling by the 2005 hurricane season. She has also covered the aftermath of other disasters, including the deaths of several miners in West Virginia in 2006, as well as the tornadoes that struck Tennessee in 2006 and Alabama in 2007.

Before coming to NPR, Cornish was a reporter for Boston's award-winning public radio station WBUR. There she covered some of the region's major news stories, including the legalization of same sex marriage, the sexual abuse scandal in the Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese, as well as Boston's hosting of the Democratic National Convention. Cornish also reported for WBUR's syndicated programming including On Point, distributed by NPR, and Here and Now.

In 2005, Cornish shared in a first prize in the National Awards for Education Writing for "Reading, Writing, and Race," a study of the achievement gap. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Cornish has served as a reporter for the Associated Press in Boston. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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4:19pm

Fri July 18, 2014
News

A Pillar Of AIDS Research And Activism, Lost With Shot-Down Jet

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 7:54 pm

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had been carrying several researchers and activists on their way to a global AIDS conference in Australia. Among them was Dr. Joep Lange, a leading researcher and former president of the International AIDS Society. He was a giant in the field and a mentor to many.

4:19pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Politics

Miss. Primary Saga Rolls On, As McDaniel Refuses To Back Down

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:02 pm

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Mississippi's Republican Senate runoff was decided three weeks ago, but the loser in that race refuses to accept the results. Longtime Sen. Thad Cochran is the certified winner, but his tea party-backed challenger, Chris McDaniel, alleges there might have been thousands of improper votes cast and today another twist. NPR political editor Charlie Mahtesian joins us now to talk about that twist. And Charlie, State Sen. Chris McDonnell's campaign held a much anticipated press conference today. But what actually happened?

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4:58pm

Tue July 15, 2014
News

Vargas, Journalist And Immigration Activist, Is Detained In Texas

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:23 pm

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And near the U.S.-Mexico border today, a very public detention of a well-known figure in the immigration debate. The journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas was taken into custody by federal immigration authorities at the airport in McAllen, Texas. He had traveled to the area with members of a group he founded called Define American. He was looking to highlight conditions for the children crossing the border illegally.

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4:53pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Law

Strike Against Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:24 am

Peggy Tomsic (center), attorney for three same-sex couples, claps in celebration after the 10th Circuit Court in Denver rejected a same-sex marriage ban in Utah on Wednesday in Salt Lake City.
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A federal appeals court in Denver struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage Wednesday, paving the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue as soon as next year. The ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was the first by any federal appeals court on the issue to date.

While the ruling struck down the Utah ban, it applies to the other five states in the circuit: New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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4:38pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Media

As The Anchor Chair Turns: A Glimpse At ABC News Past And Future

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

ABC News has announced major shakeups in its anchor lineup, as Diane Sawyer steps down from her perch as anchor of the network's evening news. What does her replacement say about the state of the evening anchor job in the world of TV news?

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4:13pm

Fri June 6, 2014
Europe

On A Day Of Looking Back, Talks Move Forward On Ukraine

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 7:29 pm

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met during a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day. On the same day, Putin met with new Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko.

4:13pm

Fri June 6, 2014
From Our Listeners

Letters: Ex-Cons' Struggles To Make It On The Outside

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 7:29 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

I'm Audie Cornish and it's time now for your letters. Earlier this week, we ran a two-part series about what happens when older prison inmates return to the outside world. For two years, NPR's Laura Sullivan followed a couple of aging ex-cons as they made their way through life, not sure if they deserve a second chance.

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5:14pm

Fri May 23, 2014
Around the Nation

'The Atlantic's' Ta-Nehisi Coates Builds 'A Case For Reparations'

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 7:19 pm

The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates describes how the legacy of slavery extends to geographical and governmental policies in America and calls for a "collective introspection" on reparations.

5:14pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Strange News

The Man Who Would Own All The World's 'Speed' — But Only On VHS

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:17 pm

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Ryan Beitz feels a need for speed. Specifically, he wants to get...

RYAN BEITZ: All available VHS copies of the hit 1994 action-adventure film "Speed," starring Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper.

BLOCK: It's called the World Speed Project. And please note, Mr. Beitz is very particular: only copies...

BEITZ: On VHS.

BLOCK: No Beta, no laser discs, no DVDs.

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4:08pm

Mon April 7, 2014
From Our Listeners

Letters: Athletic And Academic Demands In College

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read letters from listeners about the demands made on students and student-athletes in college.

4:05pm

Tue March 4, 2014
News

Putin Speaks, Decries U.S. For 'Experimenting On Rats' In Ukraine

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 6:31 pm

In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his position on Ukraine. In a news conference, Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea but reserved the right to use force in Ukraine.

4:07pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Governing

Obama Announces Task Force To Help Young Minority Men

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 7:57 pm

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5:35pm

Thu January 16, 2014
Politics

When It Comes To Cuts, Pentagon Claims An Eye On The Future

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:19 pm

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NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins us now to talk about the Pentagon's view on cuts to military benefits. And Tom, we just heard from Quil that retirees feel the military is essentially breaking faith with those who served. But what do Pentagon leaders say to that?

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Well, Audie, I spoke with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey earlier this week and I asked him about these pension cuts and here's what he had to say.

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5:12pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Politics

Hopes Dim For Long-Term Extension To Jobless Benefits

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 6:33 pm

The Senate is still struggling to find a way to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits for those out of work for 26 weeks or more. Majority leader Harry Reid agreed to bring up five Democratic and five Republican amendments in hopes to winning enough Republicans over to get to the 60 votes needed for passage.

5:12pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Politics

Christie Delivers Statewide Address Under Increased Scrutiny

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 6:33 pm

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Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was back in the spotlight today. The annual State of the State speech came at an awkward moment for Christie. The Republican governor had not spoken publicly since apologizing last week for politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Christie acknowledged the unfolding scandal at the start of his speech.

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5:31pm

Fri January 3, 2014
NPR Story

Explanatory 'Verticals' Give Big-Name Journalists More Power

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 12:26 pm

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Recently we've heard of some big changes at several news organizations involving some of their most prominent journalists. At the Washington Post, the founder of the popular policy site Wonkblog, Ezra Klein, is weighing a departure. And the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are both scrambling to set up dedicated news teams to replace journalists who have left in pursuit of more money and independence. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik joins us from our studios in New York.

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7:08pm

Thu October 3, 2013
NPR Story

Twitter Reveals User Numbers, Financial Info Ahead Of IPO

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 3:27 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

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And I'm Audie Cornish.

Twitter is revealing more details about its planned initial public offering. Late this afternoon, the company announced its intention to raise a billion dollars by selling stock, and revealed detailed information about its finances for the first time. We're joined now by NPR's Steve Henn to discuss this peek behind the Twitter curtain. Hey there, Steve.

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: Hey.

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5:08pm

Thu August 22, 2013
Economy

Unemployment Claims Drop To Pre-Recession Levels

More than 330,000 people filed new claims for unemployment insurance benefits last week. That sounds like a big number — and is a slight increase over the previous week — but it's being taken as some very good news. For a month, now, fewer new people are asking for unemployment insurance than at any time since November, 2007. That's before the Great Recession.

6:28pm

Thu August 8, 2013
Energy

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Leaking 300 Tons Of Tainted Water Daily

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:56 pm

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4:54pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Law

Former Goldman Sachs Trader Found Liable For Fraud

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 5:48 pm

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You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

In New York City today, a victory for the Securities and Exchange Commission: A federal jury held former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre liable on six of the seven counts against him. The SEC had accused Tourre of intentionally misleading investors about a mortgage-backed security just as the housing sector was beginning to collapse. The investment created huge losses.

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4:12pm

Thu July 18, 2013
NPR Story

Where Are All Of Wyomings Escalators?

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 6:51 pm

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Turning now to escalator news, specifically Wyoming escalator news.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

There is a reported paucity of moving staircases in the Cowboy State, and that shortcoming has been posited as an argument for Wyoming to have fewer than its allotted pair of senators.

CORNISH: The argument goes like this: Why should a state with only two escalators get two senators?

BLOCK: Well, for some insight, we turn to the self-proclaimed escalator editor of the Casper, Wyoming Star-Tribune.

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4:21pm

Wed July 10, 2013
NPR Story

House Republicans Start Crafting Their Own Immigration Bill

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 5:29 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

The push for a big rewrite of the nation's immigration laws has moved from one side of the Capitol to the other. Late last month, the Democratic-led Senate passed a sweeping immigration overhaul. Now it's up to the GOP-led House to act.

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6:10pm

Mon June 24, 2013
National Security

NSA Leaker Sets Sights On South America, But Why Ecuador?

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The U.S. continues its cat and mouse game with the man who confessed to leaking NSA secrets, Edward Snowden. After spending the last few weeks in Hong Kong, Snowden caught a plane to Moscow this weekend, and he's believed to still be in Russia. But his exact whereabouts are uncertain. The U.S. has urged Russia not to let Snowden leave.

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10:18am

Fri June 21, 2013
Code Switch

Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:07 pm

Three men are denied access to a golf course in Columbus, Ohio, in January 1956. Blacks were regularly denied access to golf courses.
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This week, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to cover the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous civil rights protests that happened there. It's all part of NPR's series commemorating the monumental summer of 1963.

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6:42pm

Thu June 20, 2013
History

The Desegregation Of Birmingham's Golf Courses

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:07 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. All this week, I'm in Birmingham, Alabama, where the city is in the midst of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous and influential civil rights protests that occurred here. One place that might not come to mind when you think about this period is the golf course.

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8:08pm

Tue June 18, 2013
Code Switch

How The Civil Rights Movement Was Covered In Birmingham

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 1:47 pm

A 17-year-old Civil Rights demonstrator is attacked by a police dog in Birmingham, Ala., on May 3, 1963. This image led the front page of the next day's New York Times.
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As the Civil Rights Movement was unfolding across the US in 1963, the entire nation had its eyes on climactic events taking place in Southern cities like Birmingham, Ala., and Jackson, Miss. But there's a stark difference between how the national press covered the events in Birmingham and how Birmingham's papers covered their own city.

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6:18pm

Tue June 18, 2013
History

A Look Back At How Newspapers Covered The Civil Rights Movement

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:07 pm

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8:27pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Media

U.S. Obtained AP Journalists' Phone Records

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:42 pm

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Today we learned of some news from the Associated Press in which the AP is at the center of the story. The newswire service reports that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of editors and reporters' phone records from last year as part of a government investigation. Late today, the Justice Department issued a statement saying it strives to strike a balance between the need for information in criminal cases and the rights of individuals and news organizations.

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7:01pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Law

Charges Dropped Against Man Accused Of Sending Ricin Letters

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 8:04 pm

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Mysterious new developments in Mississippi today in the case of poisoned letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. Senator and a Mississippi judge. Federal authorities are dropping charges against a man arrested last week in connection with the case.

NPR's Debbie Elliott has an update for us. And, Debbie, to start, the initial suspect, Paul Kevin Curtis, is actually free tonight. What happened in this case?

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4:46pm

Thu March 7, 2013
Politics

Senate Confirms Brennan As CIA Director

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 6:13 pm

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