Black Journalist Wins Coveted NPR Spot

May 13, 2011  |  

(The Root) — Audie Cornish, a reporter and substitute host for NPR since 2006, has been named the new host of “Weekend Edition Sunday,” NPR announced on Thursday.  She “will be the new voice of Sunday mornings for millions of public radio listeners beginning this fall. 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,” an announcement said.  Cornish’s appointment represents a major assignment for a black journalist at a network that is struggling with diversity issues.

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