Joshua Johnson is headed to an anchor chair at MSNBC. The host of 1A on WAMU 88.5 — NPR’s Washington, DC, station, owned by American University — announced his departure on his daily show.
“In 2017, we proved that 1A could create a national conversation,” Johnson said. “1A proves that public media is well equipped to meet the nation’s need for news and information, including adapting to our changing times. We built something amazing, with a uniquely diverse and creative team, providing a space where anyone, anywhere can speak freely. I’m proud to have helped build that, and I look forward to seeing what 1A will become.”
“Joshua told us he has dreamed of hosting a national show since he was a young child,” said JJ Yore, GM of WAMU. “We are pleased that Joshua was able to achieve that dream at WAMU and NPR.”
As reported in Radio Ink, Johnson started the show in 2017. A WAMU press release says the Executive Producer of 1A and staff will remain with the show. Johnson’s last day on the air will be December 20.