News & Notes

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News & Notes was a National Public Radio program focusing on issues affecting African-Americans and African diaspora communities. The listenership was multiracial and international. The program aired for one hour each weekday and was hosted by Farai Chideya until January 16, 2009, and then by Tony Cox until its final broadcast on March 20, 2009. Chideya is known for her television commentary and books on race. While at News and Notes, she and the teams she worked with won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, among others.

Highlights of the show included the News & Notes Roundtable, where notable black journalists, bloggers, business leaders, politicians, activists and personalities debated the issues of the day.The program was produced at the NPR West studios in Culver City, California. It was originally hosted by former Black Entertainment Television host Ed Gordon.

On December 10, 2008 NPR announced that the show would be canceled due to budget constraints. It signed off on March 20, 2009.[1]


  1. ^ "NPR Announces Cuts to Staff, Programs" (Press release). National Public Radio. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 

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