Audie Cornish

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CNN Correspondent & Award-Winning Host, The Assignment Podcast

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Audie Cornish: Biography at a Glance

  • Audie Cornish is a journalist with over two decades of experience who currently hosts a podcast for CNN Audio and appears on CNN covering national, political, and breaking news.
  • She serves as the host of The Assignment, a weekly podcast that allows listeners to hear from the people who live the headlines. It won an Ambie Award for Best Interview Podcast.
  • She previously served as co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine.
  • Throughout her career, Audie has covered some of the nation’s leading news stories in politics, entertainment, business, and pop culture.
  • Audie speaks to a wide variety of topics she has covered throughout her career and is also able to speak on “Media Trends” and “Interviewing and Intimacy – How to Break Through Vulnerabilities”



Audie Cornish is an anchor and correspondent for CNN. She hosts a podcast for CNN Audio and appears on CNN covering national, political, and breaking news.

Cornish joins CNN after two decades in journalism, serving as a co-host of NPR's flagship news program, All Things Considered. She joined NPR's National Desk in 2005, reporting from Nashville, covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and other news in the Southeastern United States. Cornish later joined the NPR politics team in Washington to cover the 2008 presidential race and the historic election of President Barack Obama. Named host of Weekend Edition Sunday in 2011, she earned a George Peabody Award for her work with David Isay's StoryCorps 9/11 Project, and in 2020, the National Press Foundation recognized her work with the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Her feature reporting on the opioid crisis in Baltimore earned a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

Cornish's career in journalism began at the Associated Press in Boston just before the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The following year, her love of radio brought her to Boston's WBUR, where she reported on the legislative battle in Massachusetts over same-sex marriage, the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal, and other major news.

Her interview subjects have ranged from stars such as singer Bruce Springsteen, to political figures such as former President Barack Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren, to literary icons like Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Cornish is based in CNN's Washington, D.C. bureau. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband -- fellow journalist and author Theo Emery -- and two sons.


Interviewing and Intimacy – How to Break Through Vulnerabilities
Media Trends
Moderating Sessions

We loved our time with Audie! She was fabulous on the Meet & Greet as well. Overall, the event was great.

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