July 1, 2013
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Anna Christopher Bross, NPR


   



MORE MIDDAY NEWS: HERE & NOW EXPANDS TO TWO HOURS
IN GROUNDBREAKING NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH NPR AND WBUR, BOSTON

Program Offers Listeners Live, Updated News
From Around the World, Nation and Community


Beginning today, more than 300 NPR Member stations across the country will broadcast the new, expanded Here & Now to meet growing audience demand for midday news and analysis. The live program, hosted by Robin Young for more than a decade and beginning today with co-host Jeremy Hobson, reflects the fluid world of news as it's happening, with timely, smart and in-depth news and conversation. With today's expansion, the show will now reach twice as many listeners as its previous audience.

Here & Now expands from one to two hours with updates for different time zones across the country as part of a groundbreaking partnership between NPR and WBUR, Boston, which has been producing the program since 1997. This marks the first time NPR has collaborated with a Member station on a daily news program. NPR selected Here & Now specifically to serve as a bridge in midday between its signature news magazines, Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

"Through this partnership with WBUR, we're creating what will very quickly become the next two hours of must-hear radio for millions of listeners," said Gary E. Knell, President & CEO of NPR. "This show represents an entirely new way of working across public radio to produce the best news content possible and reflect a broad range of American interests."

Here & Now's daily lineup will include interviews with NPR hosts, reporters, editors and bloggers as well as news from stations across the nation. In the midday timeslot, Here & Now will often function as public radio's first source for breaking news coverage with NPR. Digital-first productions, like NPR Music and the pop-culture blog Monkey See, are being developed into regular weekly segments for the show.

To ensure that Here & Now reflects what's happening in a diverse geographic range of communities, NPR and WBUR have formed a 15-member contributors network of public radio stations across the U.S. - from WHYY in Philadelphia to KQED in San Francisco and KUT in Texas. These stations will regularly contribute to Here & Now through feature stories, interviews or as on-the-ground resources when news is unfolding in a specific market.

"Our Here & Now collaboration is a prime example of the new ecosystem in public radio, using all of our collective strength to stay competitive, serve the public and be strong and relevant during this age of digital disruption," said Charlie Kravetz, general manager, WBUR.

Robin Young, host of Here & Now since 2000, is a Peabody Award-winning journalist who has reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television. She is now joined by Jeremy Hobson, a public radio reporter, producer and former host of Marketplace Morning Report. Additionally, Meghna Chakrabarti, co-host of WBUR's Radio Boston, has been selected as the program's primary back-up host.

About Here & Now
NPR, WBUR, Boston and public radio stations across the country are joining forces to bring listeners news and analysis in midday with Here & Now. Here & Now, hosted by Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, offers a distinctive mix of hard news and rich conversation featuring interesting players from across the spectrum of arts and culture, business, technology, science and politics. Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997 and was distributed by PRI for a decade. With its July 1 expansion in partnership with NPR, the new Here & Now will more than double its reach - being carried on more than 300 stations across the country with an estimated 3.1 million weekly listeners. Visit http://hereandnow.wbur.org/

About NPR
NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization that reaches 27 million listeners each week, and nearly 23 million people monthly on digital platforms. In collaboration with more than 900 independent public radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to provide the public with a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. To find local stations and broadcast times, visit www.npr.org/stations.

About WBUR
Founded in 1950, WBUR began broadcasting NPR programming in 1970, offering NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered along with local news programming and establishing its iconic identity as a news and information station. One of the nation's most successful public radio stations today, WBUR produces national programs On Point, Here & Now, Only A Game and Car Talk, reaching millions of listeners on NPR stations across the United States and online. Located on Commonwealth Avenue at Boston University, WBUR has the largest radio newsroom in New England, dedicated to covering topics that matter in Boston, across Massachusetts and throughout the region. See more at www.wbur.org.