WBUR announces new hosts for ‘On Point’

Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik will share the responsibilities of hosting the NPR call-in program.

Two familiar voices in public radio will soon be taking over as hosts for WBUR’s nationally syndicated program On Point.

The station announced Wednesday that Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik will take over the show that has been without a permanent host since the firing of Tom Ashbrook in February. 

Chakrabarti will host the two-hour program from the WBUR station in Boston Monday through Thursday, while Folkenflik will broadcast from New York on Fridays, according to Boston University’s office of Marketing and Communications.

In a statement to listeners, WBUR general manager Charlie Kravetz said Chakrabarti and Folkenflik represent “today’s modern listener — smart, diverse, working parents with small kids at home.”

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“So while they’ll be hosts first and foremost, I believe they’ll also be relevant and relatable in a way that resonates, bringing their personal experiences and insights to bear,” he wrote. “Together at On Point, these two will bring a broad range of deep experiences that will generate vibrant discussions and conversations every day.”

The new hosts will start the week of Aug. 20.

Chakrabarti has served as the host of “Radio Boston,” worked as a fill-in host on the station’s midday program “Here & Now,”  and hosted the podcast “Modern Love.”

“For the past ten years, I’ve been lucky enough at WBUR to hone a style of journalism that combines a reporter’s dogged, enterprising approach along with the freshness and intensity of live conversation,” she said in a statement. “It’s a privilege to bring that to a national stage and to work with David, who I’ve followed and admired for years.”

According to BU,  Folkenflik will continue to cover the media for NPR and work on the “Week in News” in addition to hosting on Fridays.

“Our era calls for meaningful news and conversation about the issues, people, and events that define contemporary life,” he said in a statement. “On Point will be infused with a sense of history, humanity, and humor—and it will endure as a forum where our listeners can themselves be heard.”

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A rotating list of hosts have filled in since Ashbrook was dismissed earlier this year, after investigators brought in by Boston University found he created an “abusive work environment.”