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Jan. 28, 2005
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NPR's NEWS & NOTES WITH ED GORDON TO LAUNCH JANUARY 31ST

WASHINGTON - News & Notes with Ed Gordon, NPR's new bi-coastal public affairs program that brings African-American points of view on issues in the news, debuts Monday, January 31.

Emmy award-winning journalist Ed Gordon will host the one-hour program every weekday, offering a mix of roundtable discussions, newsmaker interviews, feature stories, opinion, and news coverage. The program will address topical issues and trends of interest to the African-American community and the general public. Gordon will be based at NPR's New York City facility, while Host/Correspondent, Farai Chideya will be at NPR West's studio in Culver City, Calif., production home of the program.

Ed Gordon said, "We'll not only look at the top stories of the day, but also present stories and people who don't often get the headlines and attention they deserve. News & Notes will also showcase musical performances from time to time."

"I'm eager to bring differing views and perspectives to African-Americans about subjects of importance to them, but News & Notes will also be relevant to all listeners," noted Gordon.

Scheduled for the debut program is a discussion with the Reverend Jesse Jackson and former Trans-Africa director, Randall Robinson about Iraq. Also scheduled is a commentary by noted Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, and an interview with musician Brian McKnight. Page will comment on the Bush Administration's request for $80 billion for Iraq and the likely affect of this expenditure on people of color.

A daily feature will be the "Roundtable" whose participants will include well-known and respected professionals in diverse fields including reporters, columnists, commentators, authors, business leaders, actors, and activists.

Ed Gordon commented, "The roundtable will discuss, debate and explore topics that cross the spectrum of African-American life, including pop culture, politics and all things in-between. It promises to be free-flowing, thought-provoking and edgy."

Jay Kernis, NPR senior vice president for programming said, "In cooperation with the African-American Public Radio Consortium, we are delighted to offer News & Notes with Ed Gordon to our Member stations. We expect that the daily roundtable will become a signature of the program and a favorite feature, offering listeners stimulating and provocative viewpoints on a wide variety of subjects."

Other features include: "Point-Counterpoint" which offers two contrasting perspectives on the same subject, aired back-to-back. "Where are they Now" locates individuals once touched by fame, whether by chance or intentionally, revealing where life has taken them. "Another Life" invites guests to imagine a different career or life path. "Inside Washington with Juan Williams" provides an African-American perspective on the current events shaping our lives. And, the "Poetry Corner" exposes listeners to new poets who read their work and discuss how the poem relates to life and events today.

Loretta Rucker, spokesperson for the African-American Public Radio Consortium, said, "Ed is the model journalist, inquisitive and probing, always open to hearing different points of view, excited about all aspects of life that affect African-Americans and, by extension, all Americans."

Gordon distinguished himself as host of BET Tonight, anchor of BET News and creator of his signature one-on-one interview series, Conversations with Ed Gordon. He also reported for the Today Show and Dateline during his years at NBC. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Emmy, an NAACP Image Award, and the Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.


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