Monday, October 19, 2015

Boston Radio: NPR, WGBH To Share Arun Rath

Arun Rath
Beginning today, Arun Rath, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered Weekend, assumes a new role as a shared correspondent for NPR and Boston-based public broadcaster WGBH 89.7 FM News.

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).

“The neuroscience research happening here in Boston is fascinating, groundbreaking and underreported. What Arun will be digging into will greatly contribute to other topic areas we are covering at WGBH News, and the same is true for NPR’s national audience,” said Phil Redo, general manager for WGBH Radio. “We are happy to welcome Arun back to WGBH. His experience is another huge addition to our growing local newsroom and we are proud to partner with NPR to build out this new reporting beat.”

“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.

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