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More Midday News: Here & Now Expands to Two Hours in New Partnership with NPR

Program Offers Live, Updated News From Around the World, Nation and Community

Beginning today, more than 300 NPR Member stations across the country will broadcast the new, expanded Here & Now to meet growing audience demand for midday news and analysis. The live program, hosted by Robin Young for more than a decade and beginning today with co-host Jeremy Hobson, reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening, with timely, smart and in-depth news and conversation. With today’s expansion, the show will now reach twice as many listeners as its previous audience.

Here & Now expands from one to two hours with updates for different time zones across the country as part of a groundbreaking partnership between NPR and WBUR, Boston, which has been producing the program since 1997. This marks the first time NPR has collaborated with a Member station on a daily news program. NPR selected Here & Now specifically to serve as a bridge in midday, between its signature news magazines, Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

“Through this partnership with WBUR, we’re creating what will very quickly become the next two hours of must-hear radio for millions of listeners,” said Gary E. Knell, President & CEO of NPR. “This show represents an entirely new way of working across public radio to produce the best news content possible and reflect a broad range of American interests.”

Here & Now’s daily lineup will include interviews with NPR hosts, reporters, editors and bloggers as well as news from stations across the nation. In the midday timeslot, Here & Now will often function as public radio’s first source for breaking news coverage with NPR.

To ensure that Here & Now reflects what’s happening in a diverse geographic range of communities, NPR and WBUR have formed a 15-member contributors network of public radio stations across the U.S. – from WHYY in Philadelphia to KQED in San Francisco and KUT in Texas. These stations will regularly contribute to Here & Now through feature stories, interviews or as on-the-ground resources when news is unfolding in a specific market.

“Our Here & Now collaboration is a prime example of the new ecosystem in public radio, using all of our collective strength to stay competitive, serve the public and be strong and relevant during this age of digital disruption,” said Charlie Kravetz, general manager, WBUR.

Since the NPR collaboration with WBUR was announced, numerous NPR journalists have appeared on Here & Now, including Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep, Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and International Correspondent Peter Kenyon. Digital-first productions, like NPR Music and the pop-culture blog Monkey See, are being developed into regular weekly segments for the show.

Robin Young, host of Here & Now since 2000, is a Peabody Award-winning journalist who has reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television. She is now joined by Jeremy Hobson, a public radio reporter, producer and former host of Marketplace Morning Report. Additionally, Meghna Chakrabarti, co-host of WBUR’s Radio Boston, has been selected as the program’s primary back-up host.

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