Audie Cornish

Audie Cornish is host of All Things Considered, along with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block.

Previously, she served as host of Weekend Edition Sunday. Prior to moving into that host position in the fall of 2011, Cornish reported from Capitol Hill for NPR News, covering issues and power in both the House and Senate and specializing in financial industry policy. She was part of NPR's six-person reporting team during the 2008 presidential election, and had a featured role in coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Cornish comes to Washington, D.C., from Nashville, where she covered the South for NPR, including many the Gulf states left reeling by the 2005 hurricane season. She has also covered the aftermath of other disasters, including the deaths of several miners in West Virginia in 2006, as well as the tornadoes that struck Tennessee in 2006 and Alabama in 2007.

Before coming to NPR, Cornish was a reporter for Boston's award-winning public radio station WBUR. There she covered some of the region's major news stories, including the legalization of same sex marriage, the sexual abuse scandal in the Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese, as well as Boston's hosting of the Democratic National Convention. Cornish also reported for WBUR's syndicated programming including On Point, distributed by NPR, and Here and Now.

In 2005, Cornish shared in a first prize in the National Awards for Education Writing for "Reading, Writing, and Race," a study of the achievement gap. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Cornish has served as a reporter for the Associated Press in Boston. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.



Sun September 4, 2011

Rebels Make Major Gains In Libya

Originally published on Tue September 6, 2011 6:50 am


AUDIE CORNISH, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

Rebels in Libya say they are encroaching on one of the last strongholds of the country's long-time ruler, Moammar Gadhafi. Meantime, they're consolidating power in the capital.

We're joined now by NPR's Jason Beaubien who is traveling in the country. Hi there, Jason..


CORNISH: So, Jason, explain how much of the country at this point is considered in rebel hands.

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Sun September 4, 2011

As It Returns, Congress Has Full Plate

Originally published on Sun September 4, 2011 7:42 am


AUDIE CORNISH, host: And as you've just heard, Congress is indeed back in session this week. And there's much more than just the joint session on their plate. Right away, the House will pick up where it left off with their political brawl over spending and the nation's debt. And after spending so much of the summer talking about the debt ceiling, there are all kinds of issues still hanging. Joining us from Capitol Hill to tell us about those issues is NPR congressional correspondent David Welna. Hi, David.

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Sun September 4, 2011
Around the Nation

'The World Speaks' In Response To Sept. 11

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:27 am

Lee Ielpi is president of the September 11th Families' Association, which opened the Tribute WTC Visitor Center in 2006.
Frank Franklin II AP

Construction is still under way at ground zero, the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York. A memorial plaza is set to open a week from Sunday, 10 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings.

Amid the bulldozers and cranes, there are newly planted oak trees. Workers are putting the finishing touches on the two massive waterfalls that will flow into the foundations where the towers once stood. The official museum won't be ready until 2012.

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Sun July 31, 2011

Chile Pepper Capital Seeks To Preserve Roots

The heart of chile pepper country in southern New Mexico is the tiny village of Hatch, which bills itself the "Chile Capital of the World." A new state law aims to protect this food heritage by preventing foreign peppers from being labeled as New Mexico-grown.

At the heart of the "Chile Capital" is the Pepper Pot restaurant, which exclusively serves New Mexico-grown chiles. In the kitchen of the Pepper Pot, owner Melva Aguirre churns out hundreds of plates a day of chile rellenos.

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Sun July 17, 2011

No Stranger To Spaceships, N.M. Builds A Spaceport

NASA's shuttle program ends when Atlantis comes back to Earth this week. It's not the end of American space exploration, however; it's the beginning of a new phase in commercial space travel.

For now, American astronauts will be hitching rides to the International Space Station on Russian Soyuz capsules. NASA and President Obama hope that won't be for long; they're counting on America's private sector to come up with a new way to get people, equipment and supplies into space.

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