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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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Politics chat: Five weeks to midterms, Supreme Court to hear key cases

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Why more Black families are opting to homeschool their children

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What it'll take to come back from hurricane Ian, according to FEMA

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In Utah, independent Evan McMullin poses a challenge for Trump-backed Sen. Mike Lee

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Celeste Ng on her latest novel 'Our Missing Hearts'

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True crime has never been more popular. But is it ethical?

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What's at stake on election day in Brazil

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How the COVID-19 vaccine affects your menstrual cycle

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Stampede in Indonesia at a soccer stadium leaves at least 125 dead

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Alt.Latino is taking over the mic at Tiny Desk concerts for Latinx Heritage Month

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NASA is defending against future asteroids that could collide with earth

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Politics chat: How inflation, midterms and Trump will affect the Jan. 6 hearing

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