WETA to take control of ‘NewsHour Weekend’ with Geoff Bennett as host

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Geoff Bennett will join PBS NewsHour as chief Washington correspondent and host of PBS NewsHour Weekend next year when production of the weekend program moves to WETA in Washington, D.C.


Bennett, who will join the organization Jan. 3, will anchor PBS NewsHour Weekend beginning in April. Production of the show will move from the WNET Group in New York City to WETA, which already produces the weeknight NewsHour anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff. NewsHour Weekend, which launched in 2013, is a co-production of the Creative News Group and NewsHour Productions in association with WNET and WETA.

“This decision was made by PBS,” a WNET spokesperson said in a statement to Current. “We hope and expect the program will have continued success under the management of NewsHour Productions at WETA.”

“The move to WETA will dedicate more resources to NewsHour Productions and bring our national nightly news operation under one roof,” said a PBS spokesperson in a statement.

A NewsHour spokesperson said the program will announce format and content changes to NewsHour Weekend in the coming months. The spokesperson said members of the weekend team currently based in New York will be given “special consideration” for new jobs with the weekend show, which will be primarily based in Washington, D.C.

Bennett, who most recently worked as a White House correspondent for NBC News and a fill-in anchor for MSNBC, will remain a contributor to both outlets. He previously worked as a White House reporter and congressional reporter for NPR, covered politics for NY1 News in New York City and guest hosted C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. He has also been an editor for NPR’s Weekend Edition and worked for World News Tonight, produced by ABC News.

Hari Sreenivasan, currently NewsHour Weekend anchor, will remain in New York and continue as a contributor for Amanpour & Company and host of Take on Fake, a YouTube series produced by WNET. He may also contribute occasionally to NewsHour in the coming months depending on his availability.

NewsHour has announced several staff changes in recent months. Amna Nawaz was promoted to chief correspondent, Nicole Ellis became digital anchor, and Richard Coolidge relocated from NewsHour West in Phoenix to Washington, D.C., to become senior managing producer. The program has also hired several reporters and an editor for its Communities Initiative, which focuses on covering areas that have historically lacked national news coverage.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Hari Sreenivasan may contribute to PBS NewsHour Weekend in the coming months. Depending on his availability, he will contribute to the weeknight NewsHour.

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