For immediate release
January 27, 2000

NPR Names Juan Williams as New Host
for Talk of the Nation

Juan Williams

National Public Radio® (NPR®) has named Juan Williams, one of America's leading journalists, as the new host for NPR's afternoon call-in program Talk of the Nation®. Knowledgeable and charismatic, Williams will bring insight, depth and humor - hallmarks of NPR programs - to a wide spectrum of issues and ideas. Williams will take over as host on February 24, 2000.

Combining the award-winning resources of NPR News with the spirited participation of public radio listeners nationwide, Talk of the Nation discusses the issues of today and the issues behind the headlines. The program provides listeners access to decision-makers, authors and analysts from a wide range of ethnic, cultural and political backgrounds. Past hosts include John Hockenberry and Ray Suarez.

We are proud that Juan Williams is joining NPR, said President and CEO Kevin Klose. His warmth, style, and substance will find new audiences for this national news talk program and for member stations.

Williams' first initiative as host will take Talk of the Nation to cities and towns across America for monthly radio town hall meetings before live audiences. The series will focus on how Americans are dealing with rapid changes in society and culture as the United States enters the 21st century. Entitled The Changing Face of America, the series is supported by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Juan Williams is the author of the critically acclaimed biography, Thurgood Marshall - American Revolutionary, which will be released in paperback this February. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestseller Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965.

In a twenty-one year career at The Washington Post, Williams served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist and White House reporter. He has won an Emmy award for TV documentary writing and won widespread critical acclaim for a series of documentaries including Politics - The New Black Power. Articles by Williams have appeared in magazines ranging from Newsweek, Fortune and the Atlantic Monthly to Ebony, Gentlemen's Quarterly and The New Republic.

Williams is a contributing political analyst for the Fox News Channel and a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday, both of which he will continue. He has also appeared on numerous television programs, including Nightline, Washington Week in Review, Oprah, CNN's Crossfire (where he frequently served as co-host) and Capitol Gang Sunday.

A graduate of Haverford College, Williams received a B.A. in Philosophy in 1976. Currently, he sits on a number of boards, including the Haverford College Board of Trustees, the Aspen Institute of Communications and Society Program, Washington Journalism Center and the New York Civil Rights Coalition.

Talk of the Nation, a daily show formatted in two self-contained hours, is heard by over 2 million listeners each week on 154 stations nationwide. It can also be heard internationally. The program has won many awards, including the prestigious Alfred I duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Award in 1995 for The Changing of the Guard: The Republican Revolution, and in 1994 for its groundbreaking coverage of South Africa's first all-race elections. The program also won the 1993 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of 14 million Americans each week via 620 public radio stations. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwidesm, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network, and throughout Japan via cable.