BOSTON (October 31, 2019) – Arun Rath, respected public media journalist and former national host of the weekend edition of All Things Considered on NPR, has been named the new Executive Editor / Host of All Things Considered at WGBH News. Effective immediately, Rath takes over the role permanently, having served as interim host of the program since July 2019.
“All Things Considered is one of the most important programs in the WGBH Radio line-up, offering listeners the opportunity for deeper understanding of stories that may have developed during the day,” said Phil Redo, general manager for radio and local news at WGBH. “As an experienced reporter, a deft interviewer and a natural radio host who knows how to pull listeners into important stories, Arun adds immense value to the program. His perspective is shaped by a natural curiosity and an awareness of cultural issues, all of which will benefit the audience. We are excited to have him step into the role and look forward to all that he has to offer.”
All Things Considered is a NPR radio newsmagazine that delivers in-depth reporting and transforms the way listeners understand current events and view the world. As the local host of this nationally broadcast program, Rath will add context and depth to local stories that have emerged throughout the day. All Things Considered airs on weekday afternoons from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on 89.7 FM. The show can also be streamed online at WGBHNews.org and heard globally on smart speakers.
“At WGBH, I’ve had the opportunity to focus on local news, connecting with people and issues that matter in my hometown community and I’m looking forward to furthering my work with All Things Considered,” said Rath. “WGBH continues to build on its commitment to create an ethnically diverse news staff, understanding the importance of different voices and perspectives to local news. As the first Indian American host locally at WGBH, I’m proud to contribute to that goal.”
Rath’s career has included a variety of roles in public media, including reporter, producer, editor and host in a wide range of local and national positions. Before joining WGBH News in October 2015, Rath was the weekend host of All Things Considered on NPR, heard on hundreds of stations around the country and reaching more than 2 million listeners each week. At WGBH’s FRONTLINE, he covered national security and military justice, reporting and producing three films including an investigation of alleged war crimes committed by U.S. Marines in Iraq. As senior producer for NPR's On the Media, produced by WNYC, he was part of a Peabody Award-winning team and served as senior editor at the culture and arts show Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC. At WGBH News, Rath has reported on both national stories for NPR and local stories for WGBH News across a wide range of topics including science, military affairs, and arts and culture. Rath has reported on the war court and detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for WGBH, PBS and NPR since 2012. He has also contributed to the WGBH’s NOVA and American Experience.
About WGBH News
WGBH News is among the fastest growing local news providers in greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR, television and digital reporting. The WGBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for innovation, higher education and politics as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with WNYC’s The Takeaway, PRI’s The World, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and The GroundTruth Project.
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of digital content and programs for public radio through PRX, including The World and Innovation Hub, a leader in educational multimedia with PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content, and a pioneer in services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.