On Tuesday, January 4, Cornish announced that she will be leaving the show and moving on from NPR to pursue other projects.
Is Audie Cornish leaving NPR?
In a notice to her NPR co-workers, Audie Cornish stated her plans to depart from the company.
Cornish said in the memo: “Hosting All Things Considered helped me find my voice, but I have never considered the host chair a tenured position and there is still much to learn.”
The journalist continued: “It’s time for me to try my hand at new journalism projects and embark on new adventures.”
“It’s been an honor to serve our listeners and a pleasure to work alongside all of you — reporters, producers, engineers, staff, member stations and friends,” she concluded
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How long was Audie Cornish with NPR?
Audie Cornish’s first gig with NPR was on their program, Weekend Edition Sunday.
She took over the broadcast as co-host on September 4, 2011.
Months later on December 18, Cornish announced she was to leave Weekend Edition Sunday to co-host another NPR show.
She moved on to All Things Considered in 2012.
Between two stints, Audie Cornish was on board with NPR for 11 years.
What did NPR say about Audie Cornish’s departure?
Following Audie Cornish’s January 4 announcement to leave NPR, members of NPR’s news team made a joint statement to the press.
Sarah Gilbert, NPR’s Vice President of news programming, said: “From podcasts to politics, Audie’s skills and presence are distinctive.”
News and editorial director, Nancy Barnes, joined in with: “Her reporting is incisive and human.”
Barnes continued: “Whether in the field reporting on natural disasters, following presidential candidates and historic moments in our democracy, or landing illuminating high-profile interviews, Audie has brought listeners a rich array of topics, voices, and perspectives from across the spectrum of American life.”
Audie Cornish’s All Things Considered co-host, Ari Shapiro, chimed in with his thoughts on Twitter.
Shapiro said: “We’ve been friends for 20 years, since long before we were cohosts or even NPR reporters. That won’t change. But this one stings.”
Shapiro continued: “She opened doors for me in so many ways and taught me so many things – not least how to be a host.”