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Arun Rath

Correspondent, NPR and WGBH

Beginning in October 2015, Arun Rath assumed a new role as a shared correspondent for NPR and Boston-based public broadcaster WGBH News. He is based in the WGBH newsroom and his time is divided between filing national stories for NPR and local stories for WGBH News.

In this role, Rath's reporting beat covers the science of learning, exploring how the brain functions – how we experience emotions, making errors or boredom – and how we respond to different styles of learning. The beat dovetails well with several of WGBH News' core regional coverage areas, bolstering its reporting on higher education (On Campus), innovation (Innovation Hub) and science (Living Lab from WGBH and WCAI in Woods Hole on Cape Cod).

Previously he served as weekend host of All Things Considered. In that role, every Saturday and Sunday, Rath and the All Things Considered team offered an hour-long exploration of compelling stories, along with in-depth interviews, breaking news, cultural reviews and reports from NPR bureaus throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Over his career, Rath has distinguished himself in public media as a reporter, producer and editor, including time as a senior reporter for the PBS series Frontline and The World® on WGBH Boston. He began his journalism career as an NPR intern at an NPR call-in program called Talk of the Nation, eventually joining the staff and becoming the show's director after working on several NPR News programs during the 1990s. In 2000, he became senior producer for NPR's On the Media, produced by WNYC, where he was part of a team that tripled its audience and won a Peabody Award. He spent 2005 as senior editor at the culture and arts show Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC. Rath moved to television in 2005 to report and manage radio partnerships for Frontline; he also reports on culture and music for the PBS series Sound Tracks. At Frontline and The World®, Rath specialized in national security and military justice. He reported and produced three films for Frontline, the latest being an investigation of alleged war crimes committed by U.S. Marines in Haditha, Iraq.

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Batting With A Rock-Hard Ball, For The Love Of The (Cricket) Game

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In Reno, Nev., Homegrown Startups Fuel Tech Transformation

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The Science Of Identifying Soldier Remains

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Korean War Soldier Receives Proper Burial In Mass. Hometown

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Lethal Opiates Delivered By Mail From China, Killing Addicts In The U.S.

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'Out Of Gitmo': Released Guantanamo Detainee Struggles In His New Home

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Trump Inherits Guantanamo's Remaining Detainees

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This Doctor Is Trying To Stop Heart Attacks In Their Tracks

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Lawyers For Sept. 11 Plotters Try To Save Defendants From Death Penalty

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Crowds Pay Tribute To Dallas' Fallen Officers At Makeshift Memorial

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Hearing Topic For Accused Sept. 11 Mastermind Shifts To Defendants' Rights

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For Mass. High School Students, New Transgender Rules Are The Old Normal

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Ringling Brothers Officially Retires Circus Elephants

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Boston Marathon Turns 120 — Just 3 Years After Deadly Bombing

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