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For immediate release
October 9, 2002
Contact:
NPR: Laura Gross,
202-513-2304,
lgross@npr.org

NPR News Announces New Weekend Host for All Things Considered

WASHINGTON-NPR News correspondent Steve Inskeep will become the regular weekend host of All Things Considered®, NPR's daily afternoon newsmagazine. Inskeep has covered almost every major story of recent years. He joins one of the most honored broadcasts on the air, starting November 1, 2002.

Every Saturday and Sunday, All Things Considered is heard by 1.7 million people on 520 public radio stations. Offering listeners a comprehensive review of the day's top stories plus news, interviews, features and cultural reviews, All Things Considered is produced by NPR News in Washington, DC, with reports from NPR bureaus located throughout the U.S. and around the world. All Things Considered is public radio's longest running national program and has garnered broadcasting's highest honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

"Every day will be an experiment for me, and for the staff who make this program work," said Inskeep, 34. "We intend to take creative risks, have fun, travel far, and do a lot of original reporting. There's never been a more important time to be a journalist than right now."

After reporting from the Pentagon on September 11, Inskeep traveled to cover the conflict in Afghanistan. His reports on the moves of US, Afghan, and al Qaeda forces frequently broke new ground, as did his reports on the struggles of ordinary Afghans. Later, Inskeep traveled to Pakistan, covering, among other stories, the capture of al Qaeda senior leader Abu Zubaydah.

Inskeep has covered major stories since his first day at NPR, when he flew to New Hampshire for the 1996 presidential primary. In 1999, Inskeep was awarded a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism, and traveled to Colombia to report on that country's civil war. He reported from the Pentagon during the Kosovo bombing campaign. During the 2000 Presidential campaign, he traveled with then-Governor George W. Bush. Inskeep was in the room in Tallahassee, Florida as officials certified Bush's victory, and then reported from Washington on the night that Al Gore conceded defeat. Assigned to cover Congress in 2001, Inskeep reported on the 50-50 Senate - from its opening day to the moment five months later when Senator Jim Jeffords' party switch broke the tie.

Inskeep succeeds Lisa Simeone who is now hosting NPR's World of Opera. He joins new All Things Considered weekday hosts, Melissa Block and Michele Norris, and veteran host Robert Siegel.

"Steve brings great things to our broadcast - both as a journalist and as a naturally curious person," said senior supervising producer Walter Ray Watson. "He'll be a dynamic presence, thoughtful, and voracious for the news. Steve's writing and reporting show how well his eyes and ears work in service to the listener. He's got the ability to tell the simple story well and make complicated ones compelling to the audience. I think it's a great match."

Born in Carmel, Indiana, Inskeep graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky in 1990. He worked as a sportscaster for Eastern Kentucky radio stations. He also attended New York City's Hunter College, and lived for several years in New York City, working for public radio stations WFUV and WBGO. In New York he filed for various print publications including The New York Times, and worked as a freelance news anchor for WOR-AM, one of the nation's oldest radio stations.


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