Vox VPs Allison Rockey and Liz Kelly Nelson as we speak introduced that broadcast journalist Noel King is becoming a member of Today, Explained, the community’s flagship each day information podcast, as co-host and editorial director. In addition to internet hosting the present that tackles home coverage, the Fyre Festival of vaccine rollouts, falling in love with a bot, and every thing in between, with Vox’s singular strategy to explanatory journalism (and an unique tune once in a while), King will assist set its path on a brand new chapter of development, growing particular sequence, reporting formidable tales, and extra. King will accomplice with Today, 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 Today, Explained’s potential to achieve 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 Today, 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 Edition and Up First. A stressed journalist, she reported from across the US even whereas occupying the host chair. She was a part of a staff of NPR journalists who gained an Edward R. Murrow Award, and had been finalists for the duPont-Columbia Award, for reporting on the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” coverage. King’s reporting from Minneapolis after George Floyd’s homicide gained a Gracie Award for greatest function interview. King additionally performed stay protection of nationwide elections, an inauguration, and an impeachment or two.
In 2020, the Radio Hall of Fame honored her with its “One to Watch” award.
Before King joined Morning Edition, her profession spanned a spread of roles in radio, together with stints as a correspondent at Planet Money, a producer at The Takeaway, and a reporter at Marketplace. She started her profession as an impartial producer overseas. Over 5 years, she coated 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 Today, 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 proficient journalists who make the present. Sean’s ambitions, and these of this staff, are clearly boundless, and I can’t wait so as to add my very own to the combo,” mentioned King.
“I assume this makes me the queen of Today, 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 each day on the radio. Now I get to study from her, make nice stuff together with her, and dream up much more formidable initiatives together with her and the remainder of the exceptional staff at Today, Explained.”
WNYC Studios, which is able to start distributing Today, Explained in 2022, presently manages radio distribution of widespread packages together with Radiolab, Freakonomics, On Being, On the Media, and Science Friday. Further, WNYC Studios will collaborate with the Vox Media Podcast Network to establish further exhibits in its portfolio to deliver to a nationwide radio viewers.
“We’re excited to accomplice with Vox to deliver Today, Explained to public radio stations throughout the United States,” mentioned Armando Gutierrez, Chief Financial Officer at New York Public Radio. “Its clever and irreverent each day half hour have a look at the information and personalities driving our world is vital at this second.”
“Today, Explained has all the time been about bringing context and understanding to the information and our world. A giant 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 essential. Now we sit up for working with our companions at WNYC to deliver our present to communities and listeners throughout the nation,” mentioned Liz Kelly Nelson.
Today, Explained launched in 2018 with Rameswaram as host, and has launched practically 1,000 episodes. It was named Best News Podcast within the Podcast Academy’s inaugural Ambie Awards and the 2021 Webby Awards. The podcast has launched particular sequence, together with Today, Explained to Kids, Infrastructure Week, and The Future of Work. It has additionally helped incubate new exhibits from Vox Audio, together with Unexplainable, a science podcast about every thing we don’t know.
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