Former NPR Newscaster Jean Cochran on Eastern Standard

Mar 22, 2014

Jean Cochran helped wake America by delivering the news during Morning Edition for most of her 33 years at NPR

An NPR newscaster who helped wake America for 33 years joins us on our next program.  Jean Cochran retired from National Public Radio last year as part of a buy-out offered to many long-time employees at the network.

Jean has been one of America’s most familiar voices to millions of radio listeners for decades as a newscaster on NPR’s Morning Edition.  Her newscasts have aired live on 849 member stations nationwide, heard by nearly 27-million listeners every week.

For most of her 33 years at NPR, Cochran wrote 5-minute round-ups of world and national news and delivered each newscast ‘live’ on the half-hour, seven times each morning starting at 5:30 am Eastern time. That meant arriving at NPR studios in Washington, D.C. by 3 am. (And going to bed each weeknight at 6pm!)

You're invited to interact with Jean Thursday morning March 27, 2014 between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon.  You can send your question or comment before the show to wekueasternstandard (at) gmail (dot) com, post on the station Facebook page, send a tweet @wekuest, or leave a message on the WEKU Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657.