NPR Host Michele Norris Steps Down
Hubby accepts senior position on Obama re-election team
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2011 3:54 PM CDT
NPR's 'All Things Considered' host Michele Norris speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios December 21, 2008 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) All Things Considered host Michele Norris is stepping down as her husband starts a job with the Obama campaign, the Washington Post reports. On NPR's website, Norris wrote that her hubby, Broderick Johnson—a former John Kerry advisor and Clinton White House official—will be a senior adviser on Obama's team. "I will be wearing a different hat for a while, producing signature segments and features and working on new reporting projects," Norris wrote.

"This has all happened very quickly, but working closely with NPR management, we’ve been able to make a plan that serves the show." The Post notes that Norris' link to Team Obama will only inflame criticisms that NPR is too liberal to deserve federal funding. Norris' move comes about a year after NPR fired Juan Williams for saying on Fox that he gets nervous when he sees people sporting Muslim garb on an airplane. (Only last week, NPR bounced a freelancer for helping with the Occupy DC protests.)