We Say Goodbye To Some NPR Colleagues

Morning Edition wishes news anchors Jean Cochran and Paul Brown well. A number of our coworkers took the chance to accept voluntary buyouts as NPR changes. Leaving the Morning Edition staff are: Anne Hawke, Jim Wildman and Steve Munro.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And there's more than a touch of sadness for us in this next story. We're saying goodbye to two of NPR's finest voices.

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JEAN COCHRAN, BYLINE: From NPR News in Washington, I'm Jean Cochran.

PAUL BROWN, BYLINE: I'm Paul Brown, NPR News, Washington.

GREENE: For years now Paul and Jean have brought you the first draft of history.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And now we have news - it's the last day for both.

GREENE: Paul is going home to write and teach and play music in North Carolina. Jean plans to travel. She reports she will not miss waking up at 2 a.m., though she will continue the yoga that's been part of her pre-newscast warm-up.

INSKEEP: A number of our colleagues took the chance to accept voluntary buyouts as NPR changes and we celebrated last night, for example, with MORNING EDITION's Anne Hawke, Jim Wildman, and Steve Munro among the many who rarely went on the air but profoundly influenced what you hear.

GREENE: And colleagues, we wish you the best in your next chapter.

INSKEEP: In a way, you'll be with us still because you've taught us so much. It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

GREENE: I'm David Greene, and this is music from Paul Brown.

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