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NPR Hosts Post-Election Virtual Town Hall

The panel taking part in the discussion included Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent for NPR’s Washington Desk, Asma Khalid, a political correspondent and co-host of The NPR Politics Podcast.

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A virtual event titled “Now What? The Impact Of The 2020 Election, which was hosted by WBUR CitySpace and moderated by Tonya Mosley, an NPR host and WBUR’s Here & Now.

Furthermore, the panel on this topic included Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent for NPR’s Washington Desk, Asma Khalid, a political correspondent and co-host of The NPR Politics Podcast.

Despite what President Trump states on social media, particularly Twitter, Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden won the 2020 election. With the campaigns and speeches behind them, Mosley, Khalid, and Elving look at how they’ll govern once they assume office in a few months.

“The Biden campaign has tried to emphasize the fact that they are trying to create an administration that looks like America,” Khalid said.

Nonetheless, with the president refusing to concede the election, somone on the panel discussed what will be done in the event in which Trump refuses to leave The White House.

“There is one simple legal option, which is that you inform him he is no longer welcome in the building, and he can literally be escorted out at that juncture,” Elving said.

Finally, with the public audience having a fear of journalist and media members, where they discussed how they could discuss the rebuild with the American public audience.

“I hope that it is a short-term problem that will be rectified,” Khalid said. “It’s going to take a lot of deep soul-searching on behalf of all of us to figure out what to do.” Anyone can watch the entire Townhall meeting on YouTube.

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WTOP Collects Four Regional Murrow Awards

Award for Overall Excellence was 10th in 12 years for the D.C. all-news outlet

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WTOP continued its success in the Radio Television Digital News Association’s annual regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, claiming 4 honors.

The Washington, D.C. all-news outlet won the Overall Excellence Award for the 10th time in 12 years.

Other award winning efforts were the station’s coverage of the June 1, 2020 clearing of Lafayette Square protesters, the podcast “Colors: A Dialogue on Race in America” hosted by JJ Green and Chris Core and digital award for overall coverage of news in 2020.

“I am so proud of what our team accomplishes everyday but to be recognized for the work we produced in 2020 is special. 2020 was a year unlike any other in the journalism profession,” said Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News and Programming. “We are humbled to be recognized for our work across so many of our platforms – radio, web and podcasting.”

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Dr. Laura Hits Podcasting Milestone

Schlessinger’s podcast is a segment from her daily SiriusXM show

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Legendary talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger reached a major milestone in her illustrious career recently when her Call of the Day podcast reached the 100 Million download mark.

The podcast is a feature that is taken from Dr. Laura’s daily SiriusXM talk show in which she features a call she designates as the best from each day’s show.

“We set forth to make this podcast a new avenue to hear Dr. Laura,” said Take On The Day LLC president Geoff Rich. “It turns out we made it one of the most popular focusing on families and parenting.”

The Call of the Day podcast was launched in 2017 and has consistently ranked #1 in Parenting on ApplePodcasts, is top ranked in Kids and Family, and is among podcasting Global 200 according to Chartable. 

Schlessinger moved her daily talk show from terrestrial radio to satellite radio 10 years ago. She was inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame in 2018. Dr. Laura is the author of 13 New York Times best-sellers. 

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Abrams to Step Down from KYW Newsradio

Abrams career stops included WHUM, WIP and WPEN before KYW.

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Longtime Philadelphia anchor, editor, and reporter Mark Abrams announced his retirement from KYW Newsradio Thursday. The multi-talented Abrams worked as journalist for several different companies in both the print and radio industries.  

Abrams’ career spanned 24 years. He came to KYW from WHUM in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also anchored at WPEN and WIP.  He served as reporter, columnist and desk editor for the Reading Eagle and Reading Times newspapers.

He covered the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Catholic community extensively for KYW, including the papal visit in Philadelphia in 2015. He covered the selections of two different popes, live from the Vatican, both in 2005 and 2013.

“Mark Abrams has long been a versatile part of the KYW Newsradio family,” said midday news anchor Michelle Durham. “I wish you the best of luck in retirement. Your family’s always been your priority, and I’m so thrilled that you will have an opportunity to spend more time with them.”

Morning drive sports reporter Dave Uram: “I think a perfect way to describe your role on KYW for nearly 24 years is versatile. Reporter, anchor, editor — you did it all, and you did it with professionalism, enthusiasm and leadership.”

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