NPR is forging a new relationship with Boston-based public radio station and program producer WBUR(FM) to expand the midday news program, “Here & Now” to a two-hour program updated for different time zones nationwide.
The expansion will extend news programming from noon to 4 p.m. ET, and serve as a bridge between “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
“Here & Now” will feature interviews with NPR’s bloggers, reporters and editors and will also showcase reporting from other NPR News programs, in addition to enhancing NPR’s breaking news capabilities, a release said.
“Here & Now” has been hosted by Robin Young for over a decade. When the expanded program launches July 1, Jeremy Hobson, who currently hosts “Marketplace Morning Report,” will join her as co-host.
Hobson began his career as an intern on NPR’s “All Things Considered” at 17, and now has credits as a producer, reporter and host. Meghan Chakrabarti, co-host of WBUR’s “Radio Boston,” will be the program’s primary backup host.
“This collaboration allows us to deliver compelling news and cultural coverage throughout the day and keep listeners tuned to public radio,” said Kinsey Wilson, NPR Chief Content Officer.
The station has a long history collaborating with NPR, producing “Car Talk,” “On Point” and “Only A Game.” “Here & Now” has been produced by WBUR since 1997 and became a national program in 2001. It currently airs on over 180 stations.
NPR also said it will finish production of “Talk of the Nation” at the end of June, after which Neal Conan will retire from daily contributions. He spent 35 years with NPR, 11 of which he spent working on “Talk of the Nation.”