Ayesha Rascoe, NPR’s White House correspondent, will be the new host of “Weekend Edition Sunday,” the broadcaster announced on Friday.
She took on the role left by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, the show’s host, for five years until October, when she joined The New York Times’ Opinion sound group.
Ms. Rascoe will begin March 27, hosting a newsmagazine program run by nearly 800 public radio stations across the United States. She joined NPR in 2018, after nearly a decade as a Reuters reporter. While there, she covered the end of the Obama administration and the beginning of the Trump presidency, as well as news on energy and environmental policy.
In an interview, Ms. Rascoe said being a guest host on the “Weekend Edition” twice showed her the breadth of stories she can tell.
“I was able to do the hard news that I love, ask the tough questions, talk to the head of the EPA and talk about politics and all the things that I love and am passionate about,” she said. says, “but then I was also able to interview Melanie Lynskey, who starred on ‘Yellowjackets,’ a show I’m obsessed with. “
Ms. Rascoe will also host the weekend podcast “Up First” as part of her new role.
“Weekend Edition Sunday” has been on the air since 1987. Its Saturday counterpart is hosted by Scott Simon, who has taken on the role since the show began in 1985 except for a brief time. in the early 1990s.
NPR has come under public criticism by some of its employees in recent months over the departures of prominent female stars of color, including Garcia-Navarro, Audie Cornish and Noel King. NPR media reporter David Folkenflik addressed the issue in one article in January, it was reported that NPR struggles to retain journalists of color and that hosts have complained about pay disparities between race and gender. Mr. Folkenflik also writes that changes in the industry and the rise of podcasts mean that the ambitions of many journalists have changed.
Ms. Rascoe, who is Black, says she feels supported during her time at NPR, but the organization and the rest of the media still have work to do.
“In terms of diversity, there’s no mainstream news organization where it should be, it’s just a fact,” she said, adding: “NPR is no different on that point. But every store can do better. “
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/business/media/npr-ayesha-rascoe.html NPR Names Ayesha Rascoe ‘Sunday Weekend Edition’ Host