NPR Reporter Anticipates New Assignment as Host Andrea Seabrook introduces herself to listeners, saying the hardest thing about her new assignment has been the anticipation. She describes the relief in saying, "hello."
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NPR Reporter Anticipates New Assignment as Host

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NPR Reporter Anticipates New Assignment as Host

NPR Reporter Anticipates New Assignment as Host

NPR Reporter Anticipates New Assignment as Host

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This is my first day on the job here at All Things Considered, and I thought I should take a minute to introduce myself. I've been a reporter for NPR, covering Congress and politics, for six years; and now I'm a host.

I am so glad to finally be here. Not just for the obvious reasons: great show, wonderful staff, fascinating topics. But because I hate transitions. I abhor them.

Don't get me wrong, I love change: a new job, a new friend, a new book.

But I can barely stand the anticipation of change – that period before change when you know it's coming and you can't go back, and you can't really prepare either.

It's like Sunday afternoons. You might have the best Monday to look forward to but somehow Sunday afternoon is long and dreadful. (We'll try to help with that of course.)

Or (it's like) the beginning of a job, or a new semester at school. What will it be like? Will people hate me? Will I hate me?

And then, the first day comes, or you get to work on Monday and it's okay. The change is here, you can really deal with it now and it's not nearly as scary as you thought. In fact, it's good. It's really good. Well that's today for me.

And I am relieved to say, "Hello! Here I am. It's so nice to talk to you."