Vox VPs Allison Rockey and Liz Kelly Nelson at this time introduced that broadcast journalist Noel King is becoming a member of Today, Explained, the community’s flagship every day information podcast, as co-host and editorial director. Along with internet hosting the present that tackles home coverage, the Fyre Competition of vaccine rollouts, falling in love with a bot, and every part in between, with Vox’s singular strategy to explanatory journalism (and an authentic track once in a while), King will assist set its path on a brand new chapter of progress, growing particular sequence, reporting bold tales, and extra. King will companion with Right now, Explained co-host and Vox Audio artistic director Sean Rameswaram; the 2 will share internet hosting duties, permitting every to proceed pursuing longer-term initiatives and rising Right now, Explained’s means to succeed in audiences throughout platforms. King begins at Vox on January 3, 2022, and will start showing on the podcast early subsequent yr.
Vox Media additionally introduced a partnership with WNYC Studios to distribute Right now, Explained to public radio stations nationwide starting in 2022. This partnership marks the primary main terrestrial radio distribution partnership for Vox Media, following an hour-long particular version of the Vox podcast Unexplainable distributed by American Public Media this fall.
King joins Vox from NPR, the place she was a co-host of Morning Version and Up First. A stressed journalist, she reported from across the US even whereas occupying the host chair. She was a part of a crew of NPR journalists who received an Edward R. Murrow Award, and had been finalists for the duPont-Columbia Award, for reporting on the Trump administration’s “Stay in Mexico” coverage. King’s reporting from Minneapolis after George Floyd’s homicide received a Gracie Award for greatest function interview. King additionally carried out stay protection of nationwide elections, an inauguration, and an impeachment or two.
In 2020, the Radio Corridor of Fame honored her with its “One to Watch” award.
Earlier than King joined Morning Version, her profession spanned a variety of roles in radio, together with stints as a correspondent at Planet Cash, a producer at The Takeaway, and a reporter at Market. She started her profession as an unbiased producer overseas. Over 5 years, she lined the Arab Spring and conflicts in Darfur, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for Voice of America and PRI’s The World.
“I’ve been listening to Right now, Explained for the reason that present first launched, and I’ve all the time admired its mental sharpness, sonic creativity, and dry humorousness. I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of the gifted journalists who make the present. Sean’s ambitions, and these of this crew, are clearly boundless, and I can’t wait so as to add my very own to the combo,” mentioned King.
Noel King and Sean Rameswaram will co-host Right now, Explained starting in early 2022.
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“I assume this makes me the queen of Right now, Explained?” mentioned Sean Rameswaram. “In all seriousness, I’m thrilled to welcome Noel King to the present as a co-host and an editorial lead. I’m already used to listening to her every single day on the radio. Now I get to study from her, make nice stuff together with her, and dream up much more bold initiatives together with her and the remainder of the exceptional crew at Right now, Explained.”
WNYC Studios, which is able to start distributing Right now, Explained in 2022, presently manages radio distribution of common packages together with Radiolab, Freakonomics, On Being, On the Media, and Science Friday. Additional, WNYC Studios will collaborate with the Vox Media Podcast Community to determine extra exhibits in its portfolio to convey to a nationwide radio viewers.
“We’re excited to companion with Vox to convey Right now, Explained to public radio stations throughout america,” mentioned Armando Gutierrez, Chief Monetary Officer at New York Public Radio. “Its clever and irreverent every day half hour take a look at the information and personalities driving our world is crucial at this second.”
“Right now, Explained has all the time been about bringing context and understanding to the information and our world. An enormous a part of that has been a perception that elevating voices of native journalists and subject material specialists the place the tales are unfolding is vital. Now we look ahead to working with our companions at WNYC to convey our present to communities and listeners throughout the nation,” mentioned Liz Kelly Nelson.
Right now, Explained launched in 2018 with Rameswaram as host, and has launched practically 1,000 episodes. It was named Finest Information Podcast within the Podcast Academy’s inaugural Ambie Awards and the 2021 Webby Awards. The podcast has launched particular sequence, together with Right now, Explained to Youngsters, Infrastructure Week, and The Way forward for Work. It has additionally helped incubate new exhibits from Vox Audio, together with Unexplainable, a science podcast about every part we don’t know.
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