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Michele Norris to Co-Host All Things Considered
Award-Winning Reporter to Join Program in December 2002

Michele Norris
Michele Norris
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Oct. 10, 2002 -- Michele Norris, an award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of experience as both a broadcast and print news reporter, will join veteran host Robert Siegel and newly appointed co-host Melissa Block as a regular co-host of All Things Considered.

Norris's first day behind the microphone will be Monday, Dec. 9, 2002.

She has been a correspondent for ABC News since 1993. As a contributing correspondent for the "Closer Look" segments on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Norris reported extensively on education, inner city issues, the nation's drug problem and poverty.

Norris has also reported for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. Norris has received numerous awards for her work, including the 1989 Livingston Award, the 1990 Chesapeake Associated Press News Executive's Council Editorial Contest Award for Feature Writing and the 1990 Federal Bar Association Media Award.

"As a devoted listener of All Things Considered, I have long been impressed and inspired by the show's commitment to excellence," Norris said. "It will be a privilege and an honor to join Robert and Melissa."

The search for two new All Things Considered hosts began last winter when Linda Wertheimer became NPR's first senior news correspondent for NPR News, and Noah Adams went on hiatus to write a book about the Wright brothers. Through the end of the year, temporary hosts joining Siegel will include NPR’s Lynn Neary, Jacki Lyden and John Ydstie.

"Michele Norris will make her mark on public radio," said Bruce Drake, vice president for news. "Her range is broad. She's comfortable reporting on everything from Washington politics to popular culture. She will bring to All Things Considered an approach to domestic subjects like education and poverty that is diverse and wide-ranging."

Norris, 41, is married with two children and lives in Washington, D.C.