NABJ Applauds NPR and NABJ Member Audie Cornish
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, DC (November 3, 2011)--The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) applauds NPR’s decision to name former NABJ intern Audie Cornish the temporary replacement for Michele Norris as co-host of the NPR News program "All Things Considered.”
We noted last week that NABJ member Norris made the proper decision in relinquishing her hosting duties for the 2012 election cycle, avoiding a potential conflict of interest given her husband's new position as an advisor with President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. We also expressed a hope that this development would not set back NPR's efforts to further diversify its on-air staff, a mission that the network has identified as a key component of its continued success.
One positive step in that direction came weeks ago when Cornish took over as host of "Weekend Edition Sunday.” Already, Cornish has demonstrated a unique blend of creativity, competence and confidence. We now wish her success in her new assignment.
"I am pleased that NPR has given Audie the opportunity to showcase her talents before a larger audience, on NPR's flagship program . NABJ is proud of Audie's accomplishments, and our members are eager to listen to her on the show," said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. "We hope that NPR continues to develop and nurture the talented NABJ members within the network. We also note that this move potentially leaves NPR without a journalist of color to fill in at Audie’s weekend show. We hope NPR replaces Audie with a journalist who reflects the network's continued commitment to diversity."
Cornish's membership with NABJ began as a college student, when she participated in NABJ's Student Projects program in 2000. She also is married to a fellow journalist, Theo Emery of the Boston Globe.