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Jon Meacham’s new role at Need to Know

In a few weeks, Jon Meacham will be stepping back from his role as co-anchor for Need to Know’s broadcast. He’ll still be conducting interviews for the show and keeping up with his popular “In Perspective” essays, but starting in mid-April, Alison Stewart will be our sole anchor.

We’ve loved having Jon as our co-host and are glad that he will continue to offer his extensive historical knowledge, wit and insight to Need to Know. Below is a note about his new role from our station’s president, Neal Shapiro:

Jon was named Executive Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House Publishing in January 2011 and is currently editing a book by former Vice President Al Gore as well as working on two new books of his own. Though we’ll miss him with Alison in the anchor role on Need to Know, we think it’s more important that his voice inform a broader range of our programming.

Jon has been co-anchor with Alison Stewart since Need to Know’s debut in May 2010. Calling his stint as co-anchor with Alison “a highlight in my career,” Jon has expressed his commitment to appearing on Need to Know and being involved with other programming from WNET.

In his new role Jon will lead “Perspectives,” a new WNET series of conversations that will convene authoritative voices in New York for interviews to be broadcast across WNET platforms. He will also anchor occasional special reports and documentaries, and will contribute commentary to the upcoming WNET series Metrofocus and to Need to Know.

We have truly been honored to have a journalist of Jon’s caliber join us for the launch of Need to Know and look forward to a continued partnership in bringing news and public affairs programming to WNET audiences.

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