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NPR Announces New Titles for Three Newsmagazine Hosts

Norris, Cornish and Martin tapped for prominent positions

Michele Norris, © 2007 NPR, by Doby Photography NPR News has new appointments for three of its hosts: Michele Norris returns from a leave of absence to become a host and special correspondent starting in February; Audie Cornish will become a permanent co-host of “All Things Considered;” and Rachel Martin will transition from interim host to official anchor of “Weekend Edition Sunday.”

Rachel Martin, © 2010 NPR, by Doby Photography As substitute host and special correspondent, Norris will produce profiles, interviews and series, and regularly guest host NPR News programs. One of her focuses will be “The Race Card Project,” an initiative for conversation about race in America that Norris began after her memoir “The Grace of Silence.”

Norris will develop features around the project on and create related radio segments, in addition to producing profile segments on newsmakers. She will also continue the “Backseat Book Club” on “All Things Considered.” Norris joined NPR in 2002 to host “All Things Considered,” during which time she interviewed world leaders, Nobel laureates and American presidents.

Audie Cornish, © 2010 NPR, by Doby Photography Cornish, who has been on assignment with “All Things Considered” since Jan. 2012, will remain a co-host. Cornish has been a host and reporter for NPR since 2006, and starting in Sept. 2011, she hosted “Weekend Edition Sunday,” where she developed new features and segments. Cornish also previously reported on Capitol Hill and the 2008 presidential election and covered the southern United States from Nashville.

Martin will take over as host of “Weekend Edition Sunday,” where she’s been filling in. She previously covered military and intelligence issues as a National Security correspondent, drawing on a decade of experience reporting worldwide. Martin was also a White House correspondent for ABC News.