He will be based in the WGBH newsroom and his time will be divided between filing national stories for NPR and local stories for WGBH News.
Rath’s reporting beat will cover the science of learning, exploring how the brain functions – how we experience emotions, making errors or boredom – and how we respond to different styles of learning. The beat dovetails well with several of WGBH News’ core regional coverage areas, bolstering its reporting on higher education (On Campus), innovation (Innovation Hub) and science (Living Lab from WGBH and WCAI in Woods Hole on Cape Cod).
“This is another great example of the collaboration between NPR and member stations in bringing listeners the highest quality independent journalism,” said Chris Turpin, NPR’s vice president of news programming and operations. “Arun will be reporting from his home base in Boston and will bring the insightful and innovative approach to this new beat that has delighted his NPR listeners for years.”
Rath was the host of NPR’s All Things Considered on the weekends from 2013 until September, seeing the show through its relocation to NPR West in Culver City.