Ostrow: NPR Was Right To Dump Edwards

When National Public Radio unceremoniously dumped longtime Morning Edition host Bob Edwards last year, fans shrieked and critics almost universally blasted the move as unnecessary and insensitive. One year later, Joanne Ostrow is ready to admit she was wrong. “The revamped show wakes up fresher these days. Getting the anchors out of the studio and on location, something Edwards resisted for years, has paid off… The long-perceived East Coast bias is diminished. Arts coverage has grown in depth. The globe-trotting hosts have delivered amazing reportage.” And if numbers are your thing, listenership to the program is up 7% since Edwards was sent packing.