September 2, 2011
Emerson Brown, NPR



This Sunday morning, September 4, a new voice will greet the audience of NPR's Weekend Edition. The day marks the official start of Audie Cornish as host of the weekly morning program. Cornish, who has been a reporter with NPR since 2006, is the first new host of the show in more than 20 years, after Liane Hansen retired in May.

"I want Weekend Edition to feel like brunch with cocktails," says Cornish of her new gig. "I want people to sit at my table and feel comfortable."

Even if it's a holiday weekend, Cornish isn't planning to ease into her new role. On Sunday, listeners will hear her tackle stories in the news, including the 2012 presidential campaign and the turmoil in Libya. She'll visit a museum at Ground Zero that is dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, a story that previews her second week on the job when she will host NPR's special live coverage of the 10th anniversary of September 11. She'll also introduce a new segment on media with NPR correspondent David Folkenflik, catch up with Grammy-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz, and try her hand at a Weekend Edition Sunday favorite the puzzle with Will Shortz.

Cornish has experience as both a news and feature reporter. She is a familiar voice in public radio, where she has been reporting for 10 years, first for Boston member station WBUR and then NPR. She's been covering Capitol Hill since 2009; before that, she was on the campaign trail reporting on the 2008 Presidential election. She also spent three years covering the south for NPR, from a base in Nashville. In recent years she has been a frequent guest host for Weekend Edition Sunday, All Things Considered and Tell Me More. Before coming to public radio, she got her start as a general assignment reporter for the Associated Press in Boston. Find out more about Cornish from her bio at

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