For immediate release
September 09, 2002
NPR: Jessamyn Sarmiento,

NPR to End Distribution of Weekday Talk Show Public Interest Hosted by Kojo Nnamdi

WASHINGTON, DC - NPR announced today that it will discontinue national distribution of Public Interest hosted by Kojo Nnamdi at the conclusion of the program's current contract with the network. Effective September 30, 2002, the weekday talk show will no longer be heard on the 37 stations across the country now carrying the program.

NPR Senior Vice President for Programming Jay Kernis noted that the decision was a difficult one but added, "We hope to work with WAMU to find ways to use Kojo's talent and expertise in the future."

Public Interest is produced by NPR member station WAMU 88.5 FM, American University Radio in Washington, DC, where the program will continue to air from noon to two p.m. Monday through Friday.

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