Audie-Cornish
Audie Cornish | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Audie N. Cornish
  • Occupation Journalist, Television Host
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Randolph, Massachusetts, USA
  • Birth Date Oct 09, 1979
  • Age 42 Years, 0 Months
Co-host of NPR’s Award-winning Afternoon Newsmagazine ‘All Things Considered’

Audie Cornish | Biography

Reporter & Host at NPR since 2006

Audie Cornish has been serving as a co-host of All Things Considered since 2012. It was reported that Michele Norris stepped aside from All Things Considered during the 2012 election year because her husband had taken a job with Obama’s re-election campaign. NPR later announced in January 2013 that Cornish would remain the show’s host, while Norris would join as a special correspondent for the network.


Audie Cornish is the co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered and contributes to Pop Culture Happy Hour as a panelist. 

Who Is Audie Cornish?

Audie N. Cornish is an American journalist. Presently, she works as the co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered and a Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist. She has been serving at NPR for the past one and half decades. Cornish formerly hosted Profile by Buzzfeed News, a one-season web-only talk show, and NPR Presents, a long-form conversation program with creatives about their projects, approaches, and defining American culture.

Besides, Cornish shared first place in the National Awards for Education Writing in 2005 for her study of the achievement gap, “Reading, Writing, and Race.” She is also associated with The National Association of Black Journalists. The National Association of Black Journalists gave her a Salute to Excellence Award for her feature reporting on Baltimore’s opioid issue.

How Old Is Audie Cornish?

Audie Cornish was born in Randolph, Massachusetts on 9 October 1979. 

Family and Education 

She was born to Jamaican parents and raised in Boston. Cornish attended Randolph High School. Growing up in the Boston region, she said that having a local accent was seen as a badge of honor. “Not having one makes you an outsider, and I really wanted one, so bad, when I was a kid,” Cornish added.

She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

Early Career

Cornish’s professional journey began when she was studying at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. While there, she interned with NPR and worked with university radio station WMUA. Talking about her journey at WMUA, she said, “When I went to the first meeting for the radio news department at WMUA way, I thought, oh, these are my people. We decided to create a news department that would put on a daily half-hour show plus two newscasts, which now that I am in this business, I’m like, that is crazy.”

Upon graduating, Cornish began her journalism career in Boston with the Associated Press from June 2000 to October 2001. A month later, she joined Boston’s award-winning public radio station WBUR as a political reporter. She covered the Massachusetts legislative battle over same-sex marriage, the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal, The Democratic National Convention in Boston, and other big stories. 

In addition, Cornish has contributed to WBUR’s syndicated programming, such as NPR’s On Point and Here and Now. She worked there for almost five years before quitting in September 2006.

Career at NPR

According to her LinkedIn, Cornish joined NPR in October 2006. She covered Nashville after joining NPR’s National Desk, reporting the repercussions of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and other stories in the Southeast United States. She has also covered the aftermath of other calamities, including the deaths in West Virginia in 2006 and tornadoes in Tennessee and Alabama in 2007. She also led training and workshops at NPR regional retreats and Poynter on interviewing and sound gathering skills.

Simultaneously, in December 2008, Cornish joined as a reporter for the Washington Desk, reporting both the House and Senate. Cornish also joined NPR’s political team to cover the 2008 presidential election and Barack Obama’s historic victory. 

In addition, she also did long-form reporting and breaking news coverage of Wall Street Reform bills and developed beat specialty in consumer legislation and financial industry regulatory challenges. Cornish also serves as an NPR fill-in host for (Weekend) All Things ConsideredWeekend Edition Saturday/Sunday, and Tell Me More, among others.

Host Of ‘Weekend Edition Sunday’

On 4 September 2011, Cornish took over for Liane Hansen on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. Hansen had been the show’s host for over two decades. Along with hosting the show, Cornish took part in the planning and production, arranging, conducting, and editing studio and phone interviews. Cornish also reported on the news, culture, and the arts. She was also engaged in writing, editing, and producing copy, tales, essays, and special segments.

In January 2012, Cornish revealed she would be departing Weekend Edition to co-host All Things Considered for the 2012 election year. She also noted that she would be succeeded on 8 January 2012 by Rachel Martin. 

Host Of ‘All Things Considered’

Cornish has been serving as a co-host of All Things Considered since 2012. It was reported that Michele Norris stepped aside from All Things Considered during the 2012 election year because her husband had taken a job with Obama’s re-election campaign. NPR later announced in January 2013 that Cornish would remain the show’s host, while Norris would join as a special correspondent for the network. All Things Considered debuted on 90 public radio stations on 3 May 1971. The show has a massive audience of 14 million listeners every week. 

Husband & Children

Cornish has been married to Theo Emery, Washington correspondent for The Boston Globe. The couple has two kids and lives in Washington, D.C. She often expresses the challenges of maintaining a work-life balance and the hardship of being a mother.

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