‘The Daily’ adds Sabrina Tavernise as host

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Sabrina Tavernise will join the New York Times podcast The Daily as a host, the newspaper announced Thursday.

Tavernise will share hosting duties with Michael Barbaro, who has hosted the popular podcast since its debut in February 2017. She has previously served as a fill-in host.

The show has broadcast over public radio since American Public Media began distributing it in 2018. Each week nearly 2 million listeners tune into The Daily, which airs on more than 265 radio stations, according to the Times.

“Having a second host will make ‘The Daily’ even stronger,” the Times said in a release. “It will allow both Michael and Sabrina to dig deeper into stories and share responsibility for The Times’s flagship show, which — as Michael himself has told us — has grown too big for one person.”

Tavernise’s latest dispatches for The Daily took listeners to the front lines of the war in Ukraine, where she has covered the country’s parliament, fraught elections and rebel fighting in 2014. Her work as a national Times correspondent has taken her to Missouri, Baltimore and Chicago.

Before contributing to The Daily, she spent a decade as a foreign correspondent, based in Russia, Pakistan and Turkey, where she served as Istanbul bureau chief.

“I fell in love with audio when I first worked with ‘The Daily’ and its brilliant creators a few years ago,” Tavernise said. “The emotional power of hearing people’s voices — and the music and the drums — took storytelling to a whole new level. I felt like I was suddenly seeing colors, after a lifetime in black and white. I am so excited at the thought of joining this incredible team.”

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