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Posts Tagged ‘Liane Hansen’

Audie Sets New Tone: ‘Brunch With Cocktails’

This Sunday  a new voice will grace the airwaves of NPR’s Weekend Edition. It’s Audie Cornish‘s first day as host of the weekly morning program. Cornish, who has been a reporter with NPR since 2006, is the first new host of the show in more than 20 years, after Liane Hansen retired in May.

“I want Weekend Edition to feel like brunch with cocktails,” says Cornish of her new gig. “I want people to sit at my table and feel comfortable.”

Sunday stories will include the 2012 presidential campaign and the turmoil in Libya,  visiting a museum at Ground Zero. Also in the lineup is a new media feature with NPR correspondent David Folkenflik, she’ll catch up with Grammy-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz, and try her hand at a Weekend Edition Sunday favorite – the puzzle with Will Shortz.

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Cornish the ‘Storyteller’ Moves to Sunday Mornings

NPR’s Audie Cornish will be the new host of Weekend Edition Sunday. Liane Hansen, who has been hosting Weekend Edition for more than 20 years, is set to retire. Her final show is Sunday, May 29. Cornish has been covering Capitol Hill since 2009.

Ellen McDonnell, Executive Director of News Programming for NPR, said in a release: “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.”

Cornish is, of course, looking forward to her new role in the fall. “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.”

Cornish is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Takoma Park, Md., with her husband, Boston Globe reporter Theo Emery.

Congratulations to Cornish.

A Face for Radio? Nah.

NPR is asking readers to choose the best photographs for some of their journalists. They want you to help decide which picture promotes them best. The three journalists are: Liane Hansen, Guy Raz and Richard Harris.

Visit here.

NPR ‘Weekend Edition’ Host is Moving to the Beach

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NPR’s Liane Hansen has chosen the beach over the city. Specifically, the Delaware shore.

After 20 years hosting Sunday morning’s ‘Weekend Edition’, she’s leaving her post (and her city apartment) in May 2011 and will freelance for NPR. Hansen shared her decision with listeners this weekend on the program.

In a letter to listeners broadcast on Sunday, Hansen described her decision to move near the beach, and what listeners can expect in the coming months: “I’ve made the personal decision to move to where I have always wanted to live – by the ocean. Over the next year, you’ll hear a number of voices in front of this mic while I have the chance to visit as many public radio stations as possible to meet and to thank you and the station people who have trusted and supported me all these years.”

Read the letter here.