KCRW ANNOUNCES DAVID GREENE AS THE NEW HOST OF LEFT, RIGHT & CENTER
Inaugural Show airs Friday, July 29 at Noon PT
Santa Monica, CA (July 26, 2022) – KCRW announces today David Greene as the new host of Left, Right & Center, the weekly politics show that takes on the tough, divisive issues you’re afraid to talk about with your own family. After Left, Right & Center’s previous host Josh Barro stepped down at the end of 2021, KCRW embarked on a search for his successor. Meanwhile, the show continued to cover the most pressing issues with a brilliant array of guest hosts. Ultimately, David Greene was chosen as the new Left, Right & Center host bringing a perfect balance of expertise and perspective from years of experience reporting from the field, hosting NPR’s Morning Edition, and a healthy obsession with the political landscape.
“We are so happy to have David Greene as LRC’s new host,” stated KCRW President Jennifer Ferro. “He is both exceptionally smart and that easy going friend you can talk to about anything. As host of NPR’s Morning Edition David has continuously been immersed in national and international news. I’m excited for his fresh take on our current political reality and looking forward to the lively and compelling discussion that this show always delivers.”
“In my years at NPR, especially after moving to LA, I felt like an honorary member of the KCRW family,” remarks Greene. “Now, it’s for real! And joining Left, Right & Center at this moment in our political history is a tremendous honor. The show has always been a safe harbor for raw, honest and respectful discourse. And don’t we need that now more than ever? I am excited to double down on the show’s rich tradition, creating a venue for people to debate the polarizing issues, to think out loud and to escape our echo chambers. I can’t wait to learn from our guests, to encourage them to dig deeply and to understand the reasons behind their opinions. Maybe, step by step, if we understand where hardline positions were born, and what experiences shaped them, we can discover shared emotions even amid the disagreements and find a way to navigate our polarized society.”
The first episode of Left, Right & Center featuring its new host David Greene will air Friday, July 29, on-air at Noon, and again at 7:00 PM, and on-demand at kcrw.com.
MORE ABOUT DAVID GREENE
David Greene is an award-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and hosted NPR’s Morning Edition for nearly a decade. He also hosted NPR’s popular morning news podcast, Up First, guiding listeners through turbulent elections, a world-altering pandemic and fights for social change in our country. David stepped away from Morning Edition in 2021 and co-founded a new company, Fearless Media, which is collaborating with KCRW in producing Left, Right & Center. David spent much of 2022 in Ukraine, working on several audio projects, including Ukraine Stories, a daily podcast from Fearless, that Forbes called a “tour de force of narrative journalism.” David brought his own experience to his reporting on the conflict in Ukraine: Before Morning Edition, he was NPR’s Moscow Bureau Chief, covering the region from Ukraine and the Baltics east to Siberia. He also took two trips across the Trans-Siberian Railway and published a best-selling book about the journeys called Midnight in Siberia, giving readers a nuanced look at Russian life under Vladimir Putin. During the Arab Spring, David spent a month in Libya, reporting riveting stories in the most difficult of circumstances as NATO bombs fell on Tripoli. He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize from WBUR and Boston University for his coverage. David’s voice became familiar to NPR listeners from his years covering former President George W. Bush. He spent hours in NPR’s booth in the basement of the West Wing and followed the President and First Lady to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Rwanda, Uruguay – and, of course, Crawford, Texas. David was also an integral part of NPR’s coverage of the historic 2008 election, reporting on Hillary Clinton’s campaign from start to finish, and also focusing on how racial attitudes were playing into voters’ decisions. The White House Correspondents’ Association took special note of his report on a speech by then-candidate Barack Obama addressing the nation’s racial divide and awarded it the Association’s 2008 Merriman Smith Award for deadline coverage of the presidency. David has interviewed countless celebrities — from Kendrick Lamar, Jimmy Buffett and Dolly Parton to Jennifer Lawrence, Matt Damon and Will Smith. Though, he says he is even more passionate about interviewing people we have never heard of whose lives deserve our respect and attention. David lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Rose Previte, a Michelin-starred restaurateur and David’s fellow adventurer and travel companion.
MORE ABOUT LEFT, RIGHT & CENTER
KCRW has produced Left Right & Center since its debut as a half-hour radio show in April 1996. Over the years, it has become a nationally syndicated broadcast, lengthened to a full hour, and expanded its reach as a premier politics podcast. The rotating cast of left and right panelists bring a wide spectrum of viewpoints. Unlike the plethora of news programs that cater to their core audience, Left, Right & Center has served as the antidote to the self-contained opinion bubbles that dominate political debate.
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