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For immediate release
January 7, 2002
Contact: NPR
Laura Gross,
202-513-2304
lgross@npr.org



Lisa Simeone to Leave Weekend All things Considered®

Monday, January 7, 2002

WASHINGTON, DC - After 18 months as host of the award-winning NPR® newsmagazine Weekend All Things Considered, Lisa Simeone will leave the program, effective March 17. She will continue to work as a freelance reporter, covering a variety of issues for NPR news programs. A nationwide search for her replacement is underway.

Simeone said, "I've enjoyed working with the remarkably talented and creative staff at NPR, but I miss the freedom of my freelance life and I want my weekends back."

As host of Weekend All Things Considered, Simeone helped guide NPR through challenging news events with intelligence and compassion. She was on air for extended hours through the aftermath of the September 11th attacks and through the 2000 Presidential election cycle. She has interviewed a wide range of newsmakers and cultural icons, from former President Jimmy Carter to English deejay Fatboy Slim.

Simeone has over 20 years of hosting and news experience in television and radio. During her career, she has worked as an announcer for NPR member stations WETA-FM in Washington and WJHU-FM and WBJC-FM in Baltimore. Simeone has also hosted the nationally syndicated public radio documentary series Soundprint, for which she has also produced three documentaries. For 13 seasons she was the host of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Casual Concerts. Simeone was born in Pittsburgh and earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, Md. and her M.A. from the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. She currently resides in Baltimore.

NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of more than 16 million Americans each week via more than 640 public radio stations. NPR Online at www.npr.org brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.