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For immediate release
October 9, 2002
NPR: Laura Gross,

NPR Taps ABC News Correspondent Michele Norris to Co-Host All Things Considered

WASHINGTON, DC-Michele Norris, an award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of experience, will join long-time host Robert Siegel and the newly appointed Melissa Block, as a regular co-host of All Things Considered, public radio's longest-running national program. Norris comes to NPR from ABC News, and will begin as co-host on December 9, 2002.

"After nine extremely rewarding years working with a dedicated and talented team of broadcasters at ABC News, I now look forward to this new and extraordinary opportunity," said Michele Norris. "As a devoted listener of All Things Considered, I have long been impressed and inspired by the show's commitment to excellence and by its gifted stable of correspondents and commentators who guide listeners on an incredible journey to new destinations and discoveries each day. It will be a privilege and an honor to join Robert and Melissa in hosting that daily conversation with NPR's committed and intellectually curious audience."

All Things Considered, NPR's daily, afternoon newsmagazine was first broadcast in 1971, and is public radio's second most listened-to program after Morning Edition“with Bob Edwards, attracting a weekly audience of 12 million. Thirty years ago All Things Considered debuted on 90 public radio stations. Today, the program airs on 573 public radio stations nationwide.

Norris 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. A four-time Pulitzer Prize entrant, 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. Norris's series on a six-year old who lived in a crack house was reprinted in the book Ourselves Among Others. She attended the University of Wisconsin, where she majored in electrical engineering, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she majored in journalism. She is married with two children and lives in Washington, DC.

"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' appointment coincides with the announcement of the new weekend host for All Things Considered, NPR News correspondent, Steve Inskeep. Inskeep has covered almost every major story of recent years, including the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections, the September 11th terrorist attacks, the war in Afghanistan, and the recent Iraq debate. His assignment is effective November 1, 2002.

Norris and Block succeed Linda Wertheimer and Noah Adams, who left the program last winter. Wertheimer is the senior national correspondent for NPR News and Adams is on sabbatical writing a book about the Wright brothers. Through the end of the year, temporary hosts will continue to join Siegel and Norris at the helm including NPR's Lynn Neary, Jacki Lyden and John Ydstie.

Offering listeners a comprehensive review of the day's top stories plus news, interviews, features and cultural reviews, All Things Considered is produced by NPR News in Washington, DC, with reports from NPR bureaus located throughout the U.S. and around the world. NPR member stations and reporters across the country are key to the program's comprehensive national coverage. All Things Considered has garnered broadcasting's highest honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

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