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June 20, 2005
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Debbie Elliott Named Weekend Host of All Things Considered
LONGTIME NPR JOURNALIST JOINS TEAM OF RADIO'S MOST LISTENED-TO AFTERNOON NEWSMAGAZINE, CELEBRATING ITS 34TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR
WASHINGTON - Debbie Elliott, who has spent a decade reporting for NPR in the Gulf South region, has been named weekend host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning flagship afternoon newsmagazine. Elliott joins the program as it celebrates its 34th anniversary as NPR's first daily series and currently ranks as radio's most-listened-to afternoon program, with more than 12.3 million tuning in weekly.
Elliott will host the Saturday and Sunday editions of All Things Considered in mid-September.
"Debbie brings two qualities to All Things Considered that are vital to the role of an NPR newsmagazine host," said Bruce Drake, Vice President for News and Information, NPR. "She has a long, diverse career of solid journalism, much of it covering her native South, and a genuine warmth, curiosity and empathy for the people she covers. Some of the journalism community's strongest, most creative broadcasters have assumed the host chair at All Things Considered and we look forward to her bringing her distinctive talents to this legacy."
Elliott began at NPR News as a correspondent in 1995, with an emphasis on Gulf South news and issues. Based in Orange Beach, Alabama, she has covered such significant stories as the 2000 Presidential election contest in Florida; the Elian Gonzales custody dispute, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. the Board of Education. She also serves as NPR's specialist on the tobacco industry, including litigation and smoking trends.
Elliott's experience also includes work for the BBC, CBC and the former Monitor Radio, as well as three years in Montgomery, Alabama covering George Wallace's last term and retirement as Governor of Alabama and other state government news for the Alabama Radio Network. She is an occasional contributor to Alabama Public Television and previously served as a sports reporter and producer at commercial radio stations and networks. A native of Atlanta and raised in Memphis, Elliott is a cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama College of Communication. She began her broadcasting career while in college, hosting morning newsbreaks for public radio station WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; she later became the station's news director. She served on the national Board of Public Radio News Directors, Inc., and helped coordinate the 1994 Public Radio Journalism Conference that led to publication of Independence and Integrity: A Guidebook for Public Radio Journalism. She was recognized as the 2000 Outstanding Alumna in Telecommunication and Film from the University of Alabama College of Communication.
Elliott joins the distinguished team of journalists who host All Things Considered - NPR's first daily series - on weekdays: Melissa Block, Michele Norris, and Robert Siegel. The one-hour weekend editions of All Things Considered emphasizes news, interviews, with recurring segments on music and listeners' moral dilemmas with The Ethicist.
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