NPR Names Rachel Martin New 'Morning Edition' Co-Host, Lulu Garcia-Navarro As 'Weekend Edition Sunday' Host
September 15, 2016 at 7:58 AM (PT)
NPR "WEEKEND EDITION SUNDAY" host RACHEL MARTIN will be RENEE MONTAGNE's replacement as co-host of the weekday "MORNING EDITION" when MONTAGNE steps down to become Special Correspondent in NOVEMBER. Also, in early 2017, "MORNING EDITION" co-host DAVID GREENE will move to NPR WEST in CULVER CITY, CA and will continue as co-host (with MARTIN and STEVE INSKEEP). MARTIN's SUNDAY post will be assumed by current SOUTH AMERICA Correspondent LOURDES "LULU" GARCIA-NAVARRO starting in JANUARY.
"RACHEL MARTIN will build on the network's mission to deliver the sharpest news, insight and storytelling at MORNING EDITION," said "MORNING EDITION" Executive Producer SARAH GILBERT. "As WEEKEND EDITION SUNDAY host, she brought us countless wonderful listening experiences, from this month's election special on CLINTON and TRUMP, through the often startling perspectives of 'For The Record', to her reporting on the role of women in SAUDI ARABIA's 2015 election. RACHEL is a brilliant journalist and a uniquely accomplished host, possessed of superb range and a mastery of every format from long-form storytelling to live broadcasting. She's also just about the best person imaginable to have on your team – and MORNING EDITION is delighted to welcome her aboard after the election."
"LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO brings with her the intense curiosity about the world that is the hallmark of a great host," said "WEEKEND EDITION" Executive Producer SARAH OLIVER. "WEEKEND EDITION SUNDAY will be enhanced by her extensive experience in the field—whether reporting on Brazilian mothers caring for babies with microcephaly or dancing the Samba in a Carnival parade—all of them driveway moments. We're excited to bring LULU into the ranks of NPR hosts, and look forward to her beginning the new role."