For immediate release
August 3, 2000
Jessamyn Sarmiento, NPR
202-414-2300
jsarmiento@npr.org

NPR® Announces New Host for Weekend All Things Considered®
Lisa Simeone to Begin on October 14, 2000

Washington, DC-National Public Radio® (NPR®) has named Lisa Simeone as the new host for the highly acclaimed weekend newsmagazine, Weekend All Things Considered. Intelligent and charismatic, Simeone brings tremendous energy and experience to Saturday and Sunday afternoons on public radio stations nationwide. Weekend All Things Considered plays a special role in the NPR schedule by serving its audience not only with the top news of the day but a rich offering of features and interviews shaped to challenge, surprise and entertain the weekend afternoon listener.

"Lisa is the perfect choice for this job, especially teamed with the top-notch staff that is in place on the show," said Bruce Drake, Acting Vice President for News. Weekend All Things Considered has always had a very personal bond with its listeners, which is a tremendous responsibility for a host. The warmth, vibrancy and intelligence that Lisa brings to the air will ensure that this special relationship continues."

Lisa Simeone brings almost twenty years of hosting and news experience to Weekend All Things Considered. For the last three years Simeone has worked as both host and producer for Soundprint, a public radio documentary series covering the sciences, humanities and public affairs. This year she also served as a guest host for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday® and since 1998 has been the principal guest host for NPR's Performance Today®. Simeone has also produced feature stories for NPR's premiere newsmagazines, Morning Edition® with Bob Edwards and All Things Considered®.

For ten years, from 1986 to 1996, Simeone served as host, reporter and producer for NPR member station WJHU in Baltimore, where she researched, conducted and produced daily interviews on a wide variety of political issues, public affairs and cultural topics. While at WJHU, she also produced and hosted a weekly public affairs call-in show during and after the Gulf War, and programmed and presented live daily shows that included classical music, folk, jazz and spoken word recordings. From 1986 to 1999, Simeone hosted Baltimore Symphony Casual Concerts, a nationally syndicated weekly series. Simeone also spent one year as a reporter and producer for the weekly program Rodricks for Breakfast on WMAR-TV in Baltimore.

Since 1984, Simeone has appeared as an on-camera host and announcer for radio and television programs and live performances on PBS, the Discovery Channel and NPR. She began her career in 1983 as an announcer for NPR member stations WETA-FM in Washington and WBJC-FM in Baltimore.

Simeone holds a 1980 Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's College, Annapolis and a 1997 Master of Arts in the writing seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

During the national search for a permanent host, NPR senior correspondent and alternate host Jacki Lyden has been Weekend All Things Considered's most reliable and regular presence. Lyden has covered the mix of breaking news, human interest stories and the show's most popular monthly segment, The National Story Project with writer Paul Auster, which presents real life stories sent in by listeners. Lyden is also author of the memoir Daughter of the Queen of Sheba. She continues to host the program until mid-October when Lisa Simeone joins the show.

For over two decades, Weekend All Things Considered has delighted listeners with its unique mix of in-depth news, compelling interviews and features, as well as social, political, and musical commentary. Each weekend, over 875,000 people tune-in to the one-hour program, heard nationally over approximately 450 NPR member stations.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of nearly 15 million Americans each week via more than 644 public radio stations. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwidesm, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network, and throughout Japan via cable.