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For immediate release
December 19, 2005
Susan Bluttman, NPR: | (202) 513-2754


Washington, D.C. - Award-winning journalist Robert Krulwich - praised as "the most inventive network reporter in television" by TV Guide - returns to his public radio roots when he rejoins NPR in January 2006.

Krulwich will be a correspondent for the NPR Science Unit, reporting on science technology and where it intersects with culture, politics and religion; his work will appear throughout NPR broadcast programming, and NPR Podcasts. He will also serve as substitute host on NPR news magazines and talk programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation.

Additionally, Krulwich will officially become co-host, with host/producer Jad Abumrad, of Radio Lab, the documentary series that explores broad-ranging scientific concepts by traveling from the laboratory to the street. Krulwich has been contributing to the series since 2004; it is produced by WNYC, New York Public Radio, and distributed nationally by NPR. Radio Lab can be heard in markets around the country, and the second season will launch this winter in New York.

Krulwich began at NPR in 1978 and served as economics reporter until 1985 when he joined CBS News. Since 1994, Krulwich has been an ABC News correspondent, appearing regularly on Nightline and other broadcasts; he will continue as contributor to Nightline and World News Tonight.

Whether penning the opera "What Does the Federal Reserve Do Exactly?" or convincing fellow NPR journalists and hosts to provide voiceovers as mice to represent economic models, Krulwich brings a unique POV to presenting complex issues. "Robert's work epitomizes the qualities that define public radio to listeners - it's always smart, distinctive, funny and memorable," said Jay Kernis, Senior Vice President, Programming, NPR. "We're thrilled to welcome back his unique style, his creativity and his treasure trove of unique props."

"I like talking about 'invisible ideas' and trying to find a way to explain what you've learned so people can grasp it," Krulwich notes, explaining his penchant for tackling such areas as brain science, technology and economics.

Commenting on his return to NPR, he added, "My feeling has always been that there's a kind of imprinting going on if you do journalism and broadcasting for a living. Like if you're a duck and the first thing you see is a duck. I imprinted on NPR -- it's the duck I know and the duck I own, and I'm going back to my original duck."

In addition to his work at CBS and ABC, Krulwich has most recently hosted specials for PBS' NOVA, served as correspondent for the PBS series Frontline and simultaneously hosted a cultural affairs series for PBS and the BBC. He has been recognized with numerous professional honors, including a duPont-Columbia Award for his coverage of campaign finance, a George Polk Award for a documentary on the savings and loan scandal and two national Emmy Awards: one for his investigation of online privacy and the other for a cultural history of the Barbie doll. He ranks on TV Guide's "All-Star Reporting Team" and Esquire's "Esquire Registry."

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