May 12, 2011

Audie Cornish to helm NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday

In a long-anticipated news anchor succession at NPR, Audie Cornish will become host of Weekend Edition Sunday after Liane Hansen, who helmed the broadcast for two decades, retires.

"Audie is an outstanding journalist and wonderful storyteller," said Ellen McDonnell, executive director of news programming, in this morning's NPR announcement. "Audiences will connect with her warmth, curiosity and humor. We're thrilled she is taking on this new role."

Cornish, who now covers Capitol Hill and guest-hosts NPR newsmagazines as a substitute, is an experienced news and feature reporter. She covered the campaign trail during the 2008 presidential election and spent three years reporting from the south as NPR’s Nashville-based correspondent. Prior to joining NPR, she reported for Boston’s WBUR.

Hansen announced last May that she plans to retire this summer and move to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her last broadcast is May 29.

"I am 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 will continue reporting for NPR and appearing on WESUN through the summer, stepping into her full-time hosting role this fall.

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