Ayesha Rascoe Ayesha Rascoe is the host of Weekend Edition Sunday and the Saturday episodes of Up First.
Ayesha Rascoe, photographed for NPR, 2 May 2022, in Washington DC. Photo by Mike Morgan for NPR.
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Ayesha Rascoe, photographed for NPR, 2 May 2022, in Washington DC. Photo by Mike Morgan for NPR.
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Ayesha Rascoe

Host, Weekend Edition Sunday and Up First

Ayesha Rascoe is the host of Weekend Edition Sunday and the Saturday episodes of Up First. As host of the morning news magazine, she interviews news makers, entertainers, politicians and more about the stories that everyone is talking about or that everyone should be talking about.

Known for her southern roots and signature wit, Rascoe has been a mainstay on NPR's programs since joining the outlet in 2018.

Prior to her role as host, Rascoe was a White House Correspondent. She covered three presidential administrations, gaining a reputation for her sharp questioning in the White House briefing room. Rascoe's reporting included a number of high profile foreign trips, including President Trump's 2019 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, and President Obama's final NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland in 2016. As a part of the White House team, she was also a regular on the NPR Politics Podcast.

She's also guest hosted NPR's It's Been a Minute podcast and radio show and been a frequent guest on Pop Culture Happy Hour.

Before joining NPR, Rascoe spent the first decade of her career at Reuters, rising from a news assistant to an energy reporter to eventually covering the White House. While at Reuters, Rascoe covered some of the biggest energy and environmental stories of the past decade, including the 2010 BP oil spill and the U.S. response to the Fukushima nuclear crisis in 2011. She also spent a year covering energy legal issues and court cases.

She graduated from Howard University in 2007 with a B.A. in journalism.

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Trump Inc. isn't having trouble finding business partners

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How to protect against the Monkeypox virus

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Retro soul shines in Micah Edwards' Tiny Desk Contest entry 'Jean Leon'

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The future of the Earth under climate change is 'Denial'

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Mexican residents donated a significant portion of plasma in the U.S. Now they can't

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There is still a baby formula shortage

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Monarch butterflies have been declared endangered. What can we do to save them?

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The Horn of Africa is facing drought and food shortages

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Full-time professionals are getting side gigs to get ahead of inflation

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COVID deaths are back up to nearly 500 a day

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'The Inheritors' delves into the lasting effects of the Apartheid in South Africa

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This library director resigned after continuous dramatics over featured books

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The pandemic widened the education gap for students of color

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