NPR audiences will have a new (but familiar) voice for Sunday mornings beginning this fall. Today, NPR News has named Audie Cornish the new host of Weekend Edition Sunday.
Ellen McDonnell, Executive Director of News Programming for NPR, said: "Audie is an outstanding journalist and a wonderful storyteller. Audiences will connect with her warmth, curiosity and humor. We're thrilled she is taking on this new role."
"I'm honored and excited to follow in Liane Hansen's footsteps," Cornish said. "She has made Weekend Edition essential in the lives of millions of NPR listeners."
The announcement caused many squeals of joys, approving nods and high fives at NPR today as Cornish is an experienced and respected news and feature reporter. She is also a familiar voice in public radio, where she has been reporting for ten years, first for Boston member station WBUR and then here at NPR. She's been covering Capitol Hill since 2009; before that, she was on the campaign trail reporting on the 2008 Presidential election. She also spent three years covering the south for NPR, from a base in Nashville. Whether sharing the stories of Hurricane Katrina survivors, engaging with voters on the campaign trail or reporting on the complex details of this year's Congressional budget debate, Cornish has demonstrated her tremendous talent. In recent years she has been a frequent guest host for Weekend Edition Sunday, All Things Considered and Tell Me More.
Liane Hansen, who has been hosting Weekend Edition for more than 20 years, announced her retirement last year and will broadcast her final show on Sunday, May 29. You can check out some of NPR's favorite moments with Liane at this interactive feature.
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