Bob Edwards Leaving ‘Morning Edition’

NPR : Bob Edwards Leaving ‘Morning Edition’

Bob Edwards, the award-winning broadcaster whose voice has been associated with NPR’s Morning Edition since the show’s beginning in 1979, is leaving the morning news program effective April 30.

Edwards, a native of Louisville, Ky., who joined NPR in 1974 and became co-host of All Things Considered before moving to Morning Edition, will take on a new assignment as senior correspondent for NPR News.

“Morning Edition, the most popular morning program in all of broadcasting, enjoys a well-earned reputation for integrity in journalism,” Edwards says. “I am proud to have served with my Morning Edition, colleagues, who perform a daily miracle at ridiculous hours when resources are not abundant. I am grateful for the many years of support from NPR member stations and look forward to continuing to visit them and meet our listeners. That audience is the best and the brightest in broadcasting, and it’s a challenge to meet its expectations. Morning Edition, will continue to be my first source for news. I wish all the best to its new host.”

I guess all things come to an end some time. He was, in a sense, the voice of NPR.

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  1. Laura says:

    First NPR removes Linda Wertheimer and Noah Adams from my afternoon commute, now I am supposed to make it through the morning commute without the beautiful speaking voice of Mr. Edwards? Not that it will do much good, but I emailed NPR to express my displeasure (np*****@np*.org).

  2. Joe says:

    I’ve been an NPR listener for less than 5 years but I can’t imagine “Morning Edition” without Bob Edwards. I consider NPR to be practically the last bastion of media integrity and I am distressed to think that they should fall prey to the notion that change should be made for its own sake, or because the “numbers” aren’t good enough.

    I was told that the VP of NPR was responsible for this decision and I agree with the person who told me so: “Keep Bob Edwards, fire the VP.”