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NPR’s Celeste Headlee Joins GPB as the Host of a New One-Hour Local News and Information Show on Atlanta’s WRAS 88.5 FM

Noted NPR journalist Celeste Headlee is joining GPB as the host of a new one-hour local news and information show to begin in September on Atlanta’s 88.5 FM. GPB announced on May 6 that it will make its debut on the Atlanta radio airwaves this June through a programming partnership with the Georgia State University (GSU) station.

Headlee has a distinguished career in public media, most recently serving as a guest host for National Public Radio (NPR) programs including “Weekend All Things Considered,” “Talk of the Nation” and “Tell Me More.” She has also worked as a reporter for NPR, where she covered breaking news and produced long-form features. Headlee is also the former host of the popular public radio program “The Takeaway,” a daily live national morning drive news show produced by Public Radio International (PRI) and New York City public radio station WNYC, in partnership with the BBC, the New York Times and WGBH.

Headlee’s local public radio experience includes stints at WDET, Detroit Public Radio, where she hosted a one-hour program “Front Row Center,” and KNAU, Arizona Public Radio serving as the local host for “Morning Edition.”

She has also taken part in PBS World Channel’s election specials for PBS’ “Your Vote 2012”, including conducting interviews and moderating panel discussions, along with providing live updates from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

“GPB is thrilled to have a journalist of Celeste’s merit to host our first one-hour local radio program in Atlanta,” says GPB President and CEO Teya Ryan. “This move continues to show our commitment to providing an all-news and information public radio schedule not currently available to Atlantans. We feel very fortunate to have Celeste at the helm of the program, and know that she will be a great addition to the local community.”

Headlee’s other career highlights include being named a Getty/Annenberg Journalism Fellow in 2007 and 2011, as well as participating as a mentor and managing editor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project in 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2005.

GPB Radio and Georgia State will share the broadcast schedule on WRAS, with GPB offering public radio programming on WRAS daily from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., the station will continue to be programmed by Georgia State students.

The partnership calls for GPB’s programming schedule to be dedicated to news and information. In addition to the program being hosted by Headlee, GPB’s other offerings will include a mix of nationally produced programs from public radio providers, including National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and American Public Media (APM).

As one of the largest PBS stations in the nation, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media), has been creating content worth sharing for over 50 years. With nine television stations, 17 radio stations and a multi-faceted web presence, GPB strives to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our viewers and listeners with programming that includes statewide radio news, current affairs, high school sports, educational resources for teachers and students and enlightening programs about our state like Georgia Outdoors, Georgia Traveler and On the Story.