Renee Montagne Will Leave Her Morning Edition Host Spot After the Elections

She'll stay at NPR, working on longform.

Photo credit: Doby Photography/NPR
Photo credit: Doby Photography/NPR
Following the elections, Morning Edition’s Renee Montagne will step down from her role as host and move into a new role as NPR special correspondent, focusing on longform.

For the past twelve years, Montagne has been delivering the morning news from the West Coast along with her East Coast-based colleagues, which for Montagne meant that work began each day at its official beginning–midnight.

“Hosting Morning Edition is an all-consuming, daily rush into the world, where tales are told with passion and intelligence in collaboration with colleagues who are, quite simply, family. I’ve treasured every one of these 12 years,” she said in a statement.

But she felt a need for a change. “Exciting as it’s been to reside at the heart of the news of the day, this chance to engage with the world in a different way is equally alluring: to take the time to uncover many layers, to go in unexpected directions, to linger on the language,” she said.

In her new role, still based out of NPR West, Montagne will contribute to Morning Edition and other NPR programs and podcasts, and work on reporting partnerships with departments within NPR as well as outside the organization.

Her colleagues gushed praise for Montagne and her work. Morning Edition executive producer Sarah Gilbert called her a “simply brilliant storyteller,” saying that she “crafts scripts that most of us can only dream of writing.”

“She has been the most gracious colleague for more than a dozen years,” said co-host Steve Inskeep. “She insisted that we must be equal partners from the first days we worked together, and she honored that in every way. Aside from her own accomplishments, she’s been an adviser, supporter, and cheerleader for me. She has taken part in transforming the most widely heard radio news program in America. She has taken that program deep into a new century.”

And co-host David Greene describes Montagne as he knew her before he knew her, the way NPR listeners do. “Years before coming to NPR, I would listen to Renee and be in awe. She tells stories — important, compelling ones about life and humanity. I dreamed of being a writer like her, a storyteller like her,” he said.

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