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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Sunday

Politics chat: Will Congress consider police reform?

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Nick Brooks on his new young adult novel 'Promise Boys'

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The rotation of Earth's inner core may be slowing down

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The Biden administration plans to expand protections for renters

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What Biden's new immigration policies mean for the United States — and Latin America

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How Black people can cope with the trauma of witnessing repeated death and violence against them

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The hidden environmental costs of transitioning to electric vehicles

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Understanding the state of antitrust enforcement in the United States

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Sunday

Monterey Park has a special significance for the Asian community in LA

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Reality show or true crime series? The Real Housewives makes it harder to tell the difference

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Understanding the rise of people of color in Republican Party ranks

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Dominion Voting System's $1.6 billion defamation suit against Fox News goes to trial

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Alt.Latino offers a 2023 playlist for your listening pleasure

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Sunday Puzzle: A E I O Have U Found the Vowel?

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