Rachel Martin To Join NPR’s Flagship ‘Morning Edition’

Brian Steinberg

Rachel Martin will join NPR’s flagship morning drive program, “Morning Edition,” solving the riddle of which member of the public-broadcaster’s staff will fill a spot soon to be vacated by longtime co-host Renee Montagne.

Martin, who has been host of  NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday,” will join Steve Inskeep and David Greene, who will head to the outlet’s “NPR West” offices in Culver City. Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR’s Brazil correspondent, will take over as weekend Sunday host starting in January.

The personnel moves aren’t to be taken lightly. “Morning Edition,” along with “All Things Considered,” are two of public radio’s most listened-to programs.  NPR in July announced Montagne would step down from “Morning Edition” after the November elections and transition into a special correspondent focused on long form reporting. The show saw its overall audience grow 26% as of August compared to the year-earlier period, according to Nielsen.  In contrast, the total increase in listeners for news/talk stations during morning drive was just 15%.

Martin will start her hosting duties at “Morning Edition” in early December. Greene will begin hosting from NPR West in January. And Garcia-Navarro’s first day on “Weekend Edition Sunday” with the program’s Sunday, January 8 broadcast.

“Rachel Martin will build on the network’s mission to deliver the sharpest news, insight and storytelling at ‘Morning Edition’,” said Sarah Gilbert, the show’s executive producer, in a statement. “Rachel is a brilliant journalist and a uniquely accomplished host, possessed of superb range and a mastery of every format from long-form storytelling to live broadcasting.”

Martin has held posts covering national security, religion and Europe for NPR, and was a member of the team that launched the experimental morning-news program “The Bryant Park Project” in New York. Greene, a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, has covered the White House beat and served as a Moscow correspondent for NPR. Garcia-Navarro has worked from Israel and Baghdad for NPR.

“Morning Edition” debuted on November 5, 1979 and its reporting has won prizes including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. “Weekend Edition Sunday” launched on January 18, 1987.

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