Newscaster Jean Cochran, the longest-serving member of NPR's newscast unit, announced today that she has accepted a voluntary buyout offer from the network and will be leaving.
Cochran made the announcement via Twitter this morning: "It's official: I've accepted NPR's generous Buyout. Leaving at the end of the year. Anyone need a newscast,I do birthdays, and bar mitzvahs!”
The buyouts are part of NPR’s plan to balance its budget before fiscal year 2015. It aims to reduce staff by 10 percent to help reach that goal.
Cochran started at NPR in 1981 and joined the newly formed Newscast Unit in 1989.