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Arun Rath Starts Hosting Weekends On NPR's 'All Things Considered,' Now From NPR West

NPR's All Things Considered Begins Weekend Broadcasts From NPR West With New Host Arun Rath

Longtime Public Media Journalist Hosts First Shows Saturday & Sunday, September 21-22

This weekend, longtime public media journalist Arun Rath takes up the mic as NPR's newest host. He'll be at the helm of All Things Considered every Saturday and Sunday as the show begins its weekend broadcasts from NPR West in Culver City, Calif. The hour-long program airs on NPR Member stations and is available at NPR.org; local broadcast times are available at www.npr.org/stations

With a new rendition of the All Things Considered theme, reimagined by NPR Music host Robin Hilton, the show will offer a distinctly West Coast perspective on issues facing the nation, and introduce new segments and features along the way. Rath hits the Boulevard (and other parts of L.A.) this weekend, with reports about the state of the U.S. foster care system and what that looks like for Los Angeles, and a stroll down the Sunset Strip to explore how a once-paramount breeding ground for new music has lost much of its influence. Saturday also kicks off "The New & The Next," a conversation inspired by stories on the horizon. The segment is a collaboration with OZY, media entrepreneur Carlos Watson's new forward-thinking online magazine of original reporting.

"I am so excited to be returning to NPR – the place where I learned how to be a journalist – and especially thrilled to take part in this exciting re-launch," says Rath. "We're going to keep providing the high quality news and cultural reporting NPR listeners expect, while adding immensely valuable new perspectives as we settle into our new home."

Rath has had a distinguished career in public media and comes to NPR from his most recent roles as a senior reporter for the PBS series Frontline and The World® on WGBH Boston, where he specialized in covering national security and military justice. Rath began his journalism career as an NPR intern at Talk of the Nation, eventually joining the staff and becoming the show's director after working on several NPR News programs during the 1990s. In 2000, he became senior producer for NPR's On the Media, produced by WNYC, where he was part of a team that tripled its audience and won a Peabody Award. He spent 2005 as senior editor at the culture and arts show Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC.

After 36 years broadcasting from Washington, D.C., All Things Considered on the weekend embarks on a new chapter at NPR West, where it's positioned to capture a diverse view of the world's news and culture and allow NPR to respond even more quickly to news from the region. The show will draw on the area's strong entertainment, international trade, science and technology industries to offer coverage and insights from a new range of stories and sources. Rath and the weekend staff of All Things Considered join a team at NPR West that includes Morning Edition host Renee Montagne; national correspondents and reporters Mandalit Del Barco, Sonari Glinton, Ina Jaffe, Kelly McEvers and Kirk Siegler; and Karen Grigsby-Bates and Shereen Meraji with Code Switch, covering race, culture and ethnicity.

Every Saturday and Sunday, All Things Considered brings listeners a compelling cover story, along with in-depth interviews, breaking news, cultural reviews and reports from NPR bureaus throughout the U.S. and around the world. Supervising senior producer for All Things Considered's weekend broadcasts is Steve Lickteig; executive editor of NPR news programming is Ellen McDonnell. The hour-long weekend broadcasts are heard by 2 million listeners on more than 670 NPR Member stations nationwide and available at NPR.org; for local stations and broadcast times, visit www.npr.org/stations