Guy Raz ’96 named the weekend host of 'All Things Considered’

An audience of 2.2 million regularly listens to the signature NPR newsmagazine

Guy Raz ’96

On Saturday, Aug. 1, Guy Raz ’96 will step up to the mic for the first time as the official weekend host of National Public Radio’s (NPR) “All Things Considered.” Raz had been guest hosting the newsmagazine for the past several months. He previously served as NPR’s defense correspondent.

After graduating from Brandeis with a B.A. in History, Raz joined NPR in 1997 as an intern for "All Things Considered" and quickly rose through the ranks to become the organization’s Berlin bureau chief in 2000, and London bureau chief in 2003. In 2004, he left NPR for two years to work as CNN's Jerusalem correspondent, where he chronicled everything from the rise of Hamas as a political power, to the incapacitation of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, to Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005. In May 2004, he spent six weeks with U.S. forces in Najaf during a period of heavy fighting with Shiite insurgents.

He returned to NPR in 2006, covering the Pentagon as NPR's defense correspondent. For his reporting on the military, Raz was awarded both the 2008 Edward R. Murrow Award for best news series and the 2008 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize awarded by WBUR in Boston.

Looking back, Raz says Brandeis helped him develop the tools he needed to be a successful storyteller. "Brandeis gave me the space to experiment as a student journalist and the intellectual foundation for everything I was able to afterwards," he told BrandeisNOW. "I was inspired by gifted faculty members like Gene Black, Antony Polonsky and Karen Klein to think broadly and boldly."

Raz now becomes the voice of a program that attracts more than 2.2 million listeners. Each Saturday and Sunday, "All Things Considered" follows developing and breaking news into the weekend, and also brings listeners in-depth interviews, features and cultural reviews. Visit the NPR Web site for local stations and broadcast times.

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