NPR has announced hosting changes for its flagship news program All Things Considered. Beginning January 17, Mary Louise Kelly will take a seat as co-host alongside Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro, replacing 30-year host Robert Siegel.
In addition, after two years as a co-host of both All Things Considered and the Embedded podcast, Kelly McEvers will step down at the end of January. She will continue her work as host and executive producer of Embedded, which will increase its output in 2018.
“Mary Louise Kelly is an immensely talented reporter, and her deep command of the issues make her a formidable interviewer,” said Chris Turpin, acting SVP news. “After a lengthy search, we found precisely what we were looking for close to home. … Mary Louise combines rigorous thinking with the ability to put herself in the listeners’ shoes. She will help us usher in a new era of the program.”
Said Anya Grundmann, VP programming and audience development: “Kelly McEvers brings the same excellence and commitment to each new project she undertakes. She has been a wonderful All Things Considered host, but her passion is being out of the studio and in the world reporting. Embedded has been so successful, we want Kelly to devote herself full-time to this kind of in-depth storytelling and dig deeper into even more topics.”
Siegel joined NPR in 1976 and during his tenure launched the Saturday and Sunday newsmagazine Weekend Edition. He became host of All Things Considered in 1987.
The venerable program debuted on 90 public radio stations in 1971 and now airs on more than 700 radio stations and is the most listened-to afternoon drive-time news-radio program in the country.
As the sexual harassment scandal has gripped the entertainment industry, NPR news executive Michael Oreskes has resigned amid claims from multiple women, chief news editor David Sweeney has exited, hosts Tom Ashbrook has been suspended and former The Takeaway host John Hockenberry also is facing accusations.