NPR names replacement for Robert Siegel

We now know how life is to go on at NPR’s All Things Considered with the retirement of Robert Siegel.

He’ll be replaced by Mary Louise Kelly.

Kelly showed her anchoring chops and fearlessness when she was given the unenviable task of grilling her boss — NPR CEO Jarl Mohn — about NPR’s response to sexual misconduct charges against then senior editor Michael Oreskes.

“I’ve never felt that kind of power, that day I was interviewing Jarl,” Kelly tells Vogue. “The sense that I was posing those questions on behalf of all the women at NPR, all the journalists at NPR, all the women in public radio. All the women across this country who would like to be able to grill their bosses about harassment in the workplace, and how it has been allowed to happen and for so long.”

“It certainly won’t be lost on anyone that the female journalist who went and questioned our CEO—a move that my mother was convinced would get me fired, grilling my boss on air—that they ended up promoting that person,” she said.

Kelly’s style in the interview differed markedly from more avuncular ways of the retiring Siegel.

  • Bob Sinclair

    “Avuncular” – Now there’s a word you don’t hear/see every day.

  • L. Foonimin

    IMHO Mary Louise Kelly has the best radio voice of any female NPR regular

  • Rob


  • Mike Worcester

    If she is as fearless with every interview as she was with Jarl Mohn, she will do a fine job.

  • KariBemidji

    Congratulations! And belated kudos to NPR. While other media have sent their female stars out to apologize to the public on behalf of the organization (while the admins hide in the C-Suite), NPR sent their best out to grill the CEO.

  • Al

    I just need to get used to MLK’s voice, but that’s on me.

  • 212944

    I am still adjusting to Susan Stamberg’s departure.

  • Zachary

    Now that he is retiring, will Robert Siegel do the voicemail message for my answering machine?

    • theoacme

      Wait, wait, don’t tell me! 😉

  • Jeff

    Apparently I need to start reading Vogue for my NPR personalities news.

    • Veronica

      Vogue and Teen Vogue have been killing it on the journalism front

  • KTFoley

    I listened to a bit of Audie Cornish talking to Robert Siegel about the evolution of accents on All Things Considered Monday afternoon.

    A poignant experience to hear him play old cassette tapes of his own, his parents’, and his daughters’ speaking voices; absorb the timbre and pacing of Robert’s in particular; and reflect on how I’ll miss hearing it regularly after next week.