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  • On Point is the fastest growing talk show on NPR — two hours broadcast daily across the country, The show’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, with newsmakers, thinkers, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.
  • Host Bios

    Meghna ChakrabartiMeghna Chakrabarti serves as host and editor of On Point from NPR and WBUR, along with David Folkenflik. Based in Boston, she is on the air Monday through Thursday.

    She is the former host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s acclaimed weekday show with a focus on news, in-depth interviews with extraordinary people, and analysis on broader issues that have an impact on Boston and beyond. She also served as the primary fill-in host for Here & Now, NPR and WBUR’s co-produced national midday news program. And she is the host of Modern Love: The Podcast, a collaboration of WBUR and The New York Times.

    Radio Boston has been frequently recognized for journalistic excellence by many of the nation’s top journalism associations. In 2018, the show won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for best news documentary for its complex, nuanced coverage of the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth. The show has twice won the best large market talk show award from the Associated Press of New England. For three consecutive years, the national Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) awarded Radio Boston its top prize for large market talk shows, citing the particular mix of intelligence, analysis, and personal voices in Radio Boston’s coverage of the 40th Anniversary of Boston’s Busing Crisis, and Special Coverage of the Death Penalty Decision for the Boston Marathon Bomber.


    David FolkenflikDavid Folkenflik was described by Geraldo Rivera of Fox News as “a really weak-kneed, backstabbing, sweaty-palmed reporter.” Others have been kinder. The Columbia Journalism Review, for example, once gave him a “laurel” for reporting that immediately led the U.S. military to institute safety measures for journalists in Baghdad.

    Based in New York City, Folkenflik serves as media correspondent for NPR News and as host and editor of On Point from NPR and WBUR, along with Meghna Chakrabarti. He broadcasts from New York each Friday.

    His stories and analyses are broadcast on the network’s news magazines, such as All Things ConsideredMorning Edition, and Here & Now, and are featured on NPR’s website and mobile platforms. Folkenflik’s reports cast light on the stories of our age, the figures who shape journalism and the tectonic shifts affecting the news industry. Folkenflik has reported intently on the relationship between the press, politicians and the general public as well as the fight over the flow of information in the age of Trump. Folkenflik brought listeners the profile of a Las Vegas columnist who went bankrupt fending off a libel lawsuit from his newspaper’s new owner; conducted the first interview with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet after his appointment; and repeatedly broke news involving the troubled Tronc company, which owns some of the most important regional newspapers in the country. In early 2018, Folkenflik’s exposé about the past workplace behavior of the CEO of the Los Angeles Times forced the executive’s immediate ouster from that job and helped inspire the sale of the newspaper.

     

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  • On Point Image
  • Host Bios

    Meghna ChakrabartiMeghna Chakrabarti serves as host and editor of On Point from NPR and WBUR, along with David Folkenflik. Based in Boston, she is on the air Monday through Thursday.

    She is the former host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s acclaimed weekday show with a focus on news, in-depth interviews with extraordinary people, and analysis on broader issues that have an impact on Boston and beyond. She also served as the primary fill-in host for Here & Now, NPR and WBUR’s co-produced national midday news program. And she is the host of Modern Love: The Podcast, a collaboration of WBUR and The New York Times.

    Radio Boston has been frequently recognized for journalistic excellence by many of the nation’s top journalism associations. In 2018, the show won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for best news documentary for its complex, nuanced coverage of the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth. The show has twice won the best large market talk show award from the Associated Press of New England. For three consecutive years, the national Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) awarded Radio Boston its top prize for large market talk shows, citing the particular mix of intelligence, analysis, and personal voices in Radio Boston’s coverage of the 40th Anniversary of Boston’s Busing Crisis, and Special Coverage of the Death Penalty Decision for the Boston Marathon Bomber.


    David FolkenflikDavid Folkenflik was described by Geraldo Rivera of Fox News as “a really weak-kneed, backstabbing, sweaty-palmed reporter.” Others have been kinder. The Columbia Journalism Review, for example, once gave him a “laurel” for reporting that immediately led the U.S. military to institute safety measures for journalists in Baghdad.

    Based in New York City, Folkenflik serves as media correspondent for NPR News and as host and editor of On Point from NPR and WBUR, along with Meghna Chakrabarti. He broadcasts from New York each Friday.

    His stories and analyses are broadcast on the network’s news magazines, such as All Things ConsideredMorning Edition, and Here & Now, and are featured on NPR’s website and mobile platforms. Folkenflik’s reports cast light on the stories of our age, the figures who shape journalism and the tectonic shifts affecting the news industry. Folkenflik has reported intently on the relationship between the press, politicians and the general public as well as the fight over the flow of information in the age of Trump. Folkenflik brought listeners the profile of a Las Vegas columnist who went bankrupt fending off a libel lawsuit from his newspaper’s new owner; conducted the first interview with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet after his appointment; and repeatedly broke news involving the troubled Tronc company, which owns some of the most important regional newspapers in the country. In early 2018, Folkenflik’s exposé about the past workplace behavior of the CEO of the Los Angeles Times forced the executive’s immediate ouster from that job and helped inspire the sale of the newspaper.

     

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