February 13, 2013
Danielle Deabler, NPR
MOVE OF WEEKEND NEWSMAGAZINE PROVIDES EXPANDED
ACCESS TO DIVERSE NEWS SOURCES
NPR announced today that it will shift the home of the newsmagazine Weekend All Things Considered (WATC) from Washington, D.C. to NPR West, the organization's second largest production center based in Culver City, California. The move is planned for this coming summer.
"We're thrilled by this opportunity to expand our presence on the west coast," said Margaret Low Smith, NPR Senior Vice President of News. "Moving the show west will broaden and deepen our coverage and allow us to bring strong geographic diversity to our programming. In addition, this plan gives us a new level of business and editorial continuity. By having a full team stationed at NPR West, we will be able to respond quickly if weather or a major news event incapacitates NPR headquarters."
The weekend newsmagazine's relocation to NPR West will bring a pool of program guests drawn from the entertainment, international trade, science, and technology industries that the Los Angeles area is known for. By making its home in the most ethnically diverse major city in the nation, the program will also have immediate access to a whole new range of stories.
The timing for the WATC move comes as NPR begins a search for a new program host. The former host, Guy Raz, left the show in December for TED Radio Hour, one of the most successful pilot programs in NPR's history. He debuts as host of the new weekly program next month.
The WATC staff will join a team of journalists and support staff at NPR West, including Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne, national correspondents Mandalit Del Barco, Kirk Siegler and Ina Jaffe; and Karen Grigsby-Bates and Shereen Meraji, who are part of the team dedicated to NPR's new initiative on race, ethnicity and culture.
NPR West is the largest production center NPR has established outside of Washington, D.C. since it's founding in 1970. The facility opened in 2002 and is located at 9909 Jefferson Blvd. in Culver City, CA.
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