NPR promoted Juana Summers from political correspondent to its roster of hosts for All Things Considered and its companion podcast Consider This.
In selecting Summers, NPR fills the vacancy left by Audie Cornish, who left for CNN in January. Summers will begin on-air June 27.
“Juana emerged as the top candidate after a rigorous national search that included both internal and external candidates — propelled by her authoritative reporting expertise, her versatile journalistic talent, and her drive to explore and interrogate the most challenging questions of the moment,” said Sarah Gilbert, NPR’s VP for news programming, in a press release.
Summers will rotate hosting duties between the newsmag and podcast with Ailsa Chang, Mary Louise Kelly and Ari Shapiro.
“In my work as a political correspondent, I spend a lot of time talking with young people about the country and the world that they are inheriting,” Summers said in the release. “It’s made me think about the future of our audience, and the opportunities that we have to grow.”
“I’m excited to become a part of the All Things Considered team, and to play a role in introducing a new, diverse generation of listeners to the blend of powerful storytelling, accountability journalism and culturally relevant conversations that you can only find on NPR.”
Summers, a veteran reporter, has previously worked for the Associated Press, CNN and Politico. She started in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Mo.