NPR newscaster Jean Cochran gave her final newscast Friday, concluding her 33-year career with the network. Cochran said she planned to travel and pursue new career options, possibly to include consulting and voice-over work.
Mostly, she said, she was looking forward to keeping normal hours.
“My whole life has been NPR,” she said. “And I say that happily, but I won’t miss having to get to work at 3 a.m. and working nine hours until noon.”
An hour before Cochran signed off, veteran newscaster Paul Brown gave his final newscast. Brown also opted for the voluntary buyout.
Brown joined NPR full-time in 2001 and has worked as a reporter and a producer on Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation. Prior to joining NPR, he spent 13 years at NPR affiliate WFDD-FM in Winston-Salem, N.C.