Yesterday’s news that Jim Lehrer’s name will no longer be in the title for PBS’ “NewsHour” wasn’t the only change in the non-profit network. “Newshour” was also partnering with digital media news outlet GlobalPost for international stories, and today brings news that PBS’ “Nightly Business Report” program has a new co-anchor to replace Paul Kangas.
Tom Hudson will officially take over the role as co-host on January 4, but will be eased into the transition of reporting with Susie Gharib as early as this Wednesday. Executive editor Rodney Ward was optimistic for Hudson’s arrival, saying that the former talk-radio host brings both “the old school journalistic fundamentals we cherish” as well as a Web-savviness that PBS is striving for.
Full press release after the jump.
PBS’ Nightly Business Report Announces
New Co-Anchor, Tom Hudson
Nightly Business Report is proud to announce that Tom Hudson, co-anchor of the nationally-syndicated First Business program, will join Susie Gharib to co-anchor the nation’s longest running and most-watched daily business program. Hudson replaces legendary anchor Paul Kangas, who will be receiving a Business Emmy for Lifetime Achievement on December 7. Already working with the program, Hudson will make his on-air debut Wednesday, December 2. Hudson’s first appearance as co-anchor will take place Monday, January 4, 2010. Hudson will report out of NBR’s headquarters at WPBT in Miami.
At the Chicago-based First Business, Hudson played a leading role in steering the show’s editorial direction both on-air and online. Prior to First Business, Hudson was an anchor for WebFN.com, a news anchor at WMAQ Radio in Chicago, and news director at the Quad Cities Radio Group in Davenport, IA. Hudson is also deeply involved in business education, as part of the Journalism Department’s adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago and as a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois. Hudson received a B.A. with honors in journalism from the University of Iowa.
“Paul Kangas and Nightly Business Report have always been innovators in business journalism,” explained Hudson. “To now be a part of the fabric of this great show is both thrilling and humbling. Susie Gharib shares my passion for no-frills journalism and I look forward to working with her and the rest of the NBR team to tell the crucial business stories that will matter most to the jobs, investments and futures of the American public.”
“As NBR embraces a future ripe with new technologies and ways to communicate, we will adamantly uphold the values that have made NBR the country most-watched business program,” said Executive Editor Rodney Ward. “Tom Hudson represents perfectly the crossroads of this change for us. He possesses the old school journalistic fundamentals we cherish, but he also has all the new school tools and understanding that will help us remain on top in the future. His work on the Web and his educational work with young students was particularly impressive.”