Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Audie Cornish '01

Audie Cornish is a co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered, the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country. Prior to this role, she was the host of Weekend Edition Sunday and reported from Capitol Hill for NPR News.

In recent years, Cornish has interviewed dozens of newsmakers and pop culture icons, ranging from Congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to entertainers such as Quentin Tarantino and Lenny Kravitz. She broadcasted from the 2012 Democratic National Convention, traveled to Arizona to report on the immigration debate, and profiled technology and privacy experts in Silicon Valley.

In 2000, Cornish interned at NPR with the help of a scholarship from generous UMass Amherst alumni. During her time at UMass, she was an intern for the news department at WFCR and The Campus Chronicle, and served as news director at WMUA, the student-run campus radio station. Cornish is a Cum Laude graduate of the journalism program.

After graduation, she worked as a general assignment reporter for the Associated Press, where she followed the aftermath of the terror attacks of September 11. Cornish returned to broadcasting as a news writer for Boston’s award-winning public radio station WBUR. There, she covered major news stories of the region, including legalization of same-sex marriage, the Democratic National Convention and fallout from the sexual abuse scandal in the Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

In 2005, NPR hired Cornish to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She reported on damaged communities throughout Mississippi and Louisiana. She later traveled the country as part of NPR’s national reporting team during the 2008 presidential election. During that time, Cornish reported on the campaigns of Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton and John Edwards. After the election, she joined NPR’s Washington Desk, covering the House and Senate before becoming an on-air radio host.

Photo: Doby Photography/NPR

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