Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and a co-host of its morning news podcast Up First, announced Thursday on Twitter that she will leave the network.
An NPR spokesperson confirmed that Garcia-Navarro’s last day hosting Weekend Edition will be Oct. 17. NPR will conduct a national search for her replacement.
Garcia-Navarro wrote in her Twitter announcement that “it is time to say goodbye. Like much of the US, I need a break!”
[Update: The New York Times announced Sept. 30 that Garcia-Navarro will host an Opinion Audio podcast.]
She got her start at NPR in 2004 as an international correspondent. During her more than 12 years in the role, she was based in Brazil, Israel, Mexico and Iraq. Her reporting on the Arab Spring won her a 2011 Peabody Award and numerous other awards.
She began hosting in 2017 and said in her announcement, “Perhaps no greater honor has been becoming the first Latina to host an NPR Flagship show.”
Another NPR host tweeted about the departure of Garcia-Navarro and other colleagues: