B.A. Parker joins NPR’s ‘Code Switch’ as host

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NPR has selected B.A. Parker as a host for Code Switch, the network announced Thursday. 

Parker (Photo: B.A. Parker)

Parker will host the radio show and podcast on race and identity alongside Gene Demby, one of the show’s founding hosts, starting in July. Shereen Marisol Meraji, who was also a founding host, left NPR in August

“I am so excited to be joining the talented team at Code Switch,” Parker said in a press release. “The show has been a necessary beacon for people of color, and I cannot wait to add to its tradition of raw, empathetic and engaging stories.”

Parker, a freelance writer and audio producer, was most recently co-host and lead producer of New York Magazine’s The Cut podcast. Parker has been guest host for the last two episodes of NPR’s It’s Been a Minute. She has also previously produced for NPR’s Invisibilia, WNYC’s Nancy and Gimlet’s Heavyweight and had a production fellowship with This American Life

“Parker brings to our team a flair for the language and a passion for telling deeply reported, sound-rich stories with humor and compassion,” said Steve Drummond, EP of Code Switch and NPR Education. “She’s got a lot of energy and we have so many stories — it’s a great fit. We’re eager to get started.”

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