April 27, 2007
Emily Lenzner, NPR


Stewart Joining NPR from NBC and MSNBC;
Burbank is NPR Correspondent
Program and Service to be Available in Fall 2007 on Radio, HD Radio,
Satellite, Online, Podcasts and Mobile On-Demand

April 27, 2007; Washington, D.C. – Emmy and Peabody-Award-winning broadcast journalist Alison Stewart and NPR reporter Luke Burbank have been named hosts of NPR’s upcoming news and information on-air and online programming for Adults 25-44, to make its premiere on all media platforms in September 2007. The centerpiece of the new 24-hour service, announced in January 2007, will be a daily two-hour morning drive time news magazine hosted by Stewart and Burbank and available through terrestrial, HD digital and satellite radio; free streaming online audio through station websites; a podcast, and by mobile on-demand.

The program will be produced at NPR New York. Sample segments and show ideas are already available for listener feedback through www.NPR.org under its working title, “The Bryant Park Project.”

“When we first announced this program, we said it would serve a generation of public radio listeners and online visitors who want the high-quality, fact-based journalism of NPR News, but in a different voice. I can’t think of two better journalists to talk with this audience than Alison and Luke,” said Jay Kernis, Senior Vice President for Programming, NPR. “From her start at MTV to her recent work at NBC and MSNBC, Alison has demonstrated that she can deftly handle everything from breaking news to in-depth reporting to live interviews. Luke has shown that there is a human side to every news event and that you don’t necessarily need to wear a jacket and tie to cover a story. I have no doubt that they will not only become favorites of devoted listeners, but that they will attract new audiences to public radio.”

Stewart joins NPR from NBC and MSNBC, where she has been anchor of the MSNBC daily news show The Most, newsreader and substitute anchor for NBC’s Weekend Today and contributor to Today. Since joining MSNBC in 2003, she has anchored coverage of such news stories as Hurricane Katrina, the 2006 Olympics in Torino and the Israel-Hezbollah conflict. Previously, she was an anchor for ABC News’ World News Now and contributor to 20/20 Downtown and Good Morning America, and was part of the network’s Emmy Award winning team reporting on the September 11 terrorist attacks. Stewart began her career as a political reporter for MTV News, working on the channel’s “Choose or Lose” election coverage in 1992 and 1996. She was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award for MTV’s coverage.

During his four years as a reporter for NPR News working in New York, Washington DC, Miami and Los Angles, Burbank has covered everything from the intricacies of Congressional politics to the illicit schoolyard trade in Flaming Hot Cheetos, all with a unique storytelling style. Most recently a reporter for the midday news magazine Day to Day, Burbank has also served as a substitute host for the show and in August 2006, stepped in as substitute host for the hit NPR comedy news quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and has been a panelist on the show as well. Burbank entered public radio as an intern at NPR Member station KOUW in Seattle, where he shortly began contributing stories to This American Life, All Things Considered and Morning Edition. He joined NPR in 2003.

The previously announced new concept will add to NPR’s line-up of programs including Morning Edition, the #1-rated U.S. morning radio show. The original announcement can be found at:


Show and segment ideas are already available to sample and comment on through audio and video podcasts, a blog and vlog located on the NPR.org site’s “Rough Cuts” open piloting development section (http://www.npr.org/blogs/bryantpark/?ps=sa).