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New host named as NPR's 'Weekend All Things Considered' heads west

New host named as NPR's 'Weekend All Things Considered' heads west
Arun Rath, who has experience in both public radio and public television, has been named host of NPR's "Weekend All Things Considered" (Photo Courtesy of NPR / By Peter A. Smith)

Come fall, NPR's "Weekend All Things Considered" will have a new host and a new home.

The weekend edition of the public radio network's long-running newsmagazine will be relocating from Washington to the 10-year-old NPR West studios in Culver City in late September. And taking over as its anchor voice will be Arun Rath, a journalist who began his career as an intern at NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and most recently has been working as a reporter for the PBS series "Frontline" and "The World."

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"I'm especially excited to join the show as it reinvents itself at NPR West," Rath said in a statement Thursday. "The intense diversity of Los Angeles is invigorating – all the racial, economic and political diversity smashed together – it's what's best and most exciting about America."

Rath spent the early part of his career in public radio, rising from intern to director at "Talk of the Nation," then moving on to work at "On the Media" and "Studio 360." In 2005 he switched to public television. At "Frontline" and "The World," he focused on national security and military justice issues.

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"Weekend All Things Considered" is heard locally from 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays on KPCC-FM (89.3). It airs on more than 670 other public radio stations nationwide, NPR said.

After 36 years in Washington, the show is moving west to gain "expanded access to a whole new range of stories and sources drawn from the area's strong entertainment, international trade, science and technology industries," NPR said. The weekday edition will continue to be based in the nation's capital.

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