NPR has announced that Michele Norris will return to the airwaves in a new role in February, after a leave of absence from hosting duties on All Things Considered
. She stepped away from ATC
in October 2011 when her husband took a senior role in President Obama's re-election campaign.
Norris will return to the network as a host and special correspondent, but not on the ATC
anchor desk. She will focus in part on fostering conversations about race with The Race Card Project
, which she has developed while off-air.
Hosts who assumed long-term assignments in the interim have now been granted permanence. Audie Cornish will remain as co-host of All Things Considered
, officially replacing Norris. And Rachel Martin will be the permanent host of Weekend Edition Sunday
, replacing Cornish. Read more about the changes on NPR's blog The Two-Way