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Melissa Harris-Perry Named Host & Managing Editor of "The Takeaway" from WNYC Studios and PRX

02 Nov 2021

Melissa Harris-Perry Named Host & Managing Editor of "The Takeaway" from WNYC Studios and PRX

WNYC Studios and PRX announced that APB speaker Melissa Harris-Perry has been named Host and Managing Editor of The Takeaway, the nationally-syndicated public radio news program that airs on WNYC AM 820 at 9am weekdays, on WNYC 93.9FM at 3pm weekdays, and on over 300 stations nationally. 

“We are thrilled to have someone as passionate, talented, and experienced as Melissa Harris-Perry take the helm at The Takeaway,” said Goli Sheikholeslami, President and CEO, New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC Studios. “Melissa’s north star has always been the impact of world events on the lives of people, often those whose stories have been left out of the media.  She is the perfect host for The Takeaway, a show dedicated to voices and perspectives often overlooked in broadcast media...” “WNYC is an extraordinary institution that produces journalism of unparalleled breadth, diversity, integrity and impact,” said Harris-Perry. “Hosting The Takeaway is an astonishing and humbling opportunity. The Takeaway enjoys a truly authentic relationship with our listeners, and that community makes this hosting experience especially rich and rewarding...”  

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For two decades, Harris-Perry has been a force in journalism and academia, exploring the intersection of race, gender, politics, and power. She hosted the award-winning eponymous show on MSNBC from 2012-2016. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street JournalNew York Times, and Chicago Tribune, among many other print and digital venues. She served as editor-at-large for Elle.com and for ZORA, a Medium publication for women of color. She was among the earliest writers at TheRoot.com and authored highly regarded columns for Essence and The Nation. Currently, Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Program in Environment and Sustainability at Wake Forest University. She is also the founder and president of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, whose mission is to create programming, content and research that drives scholarship and action. Previously, she served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University.  

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