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Robert Siegel leaving NPR's 'All Things Considered'

Robert Siegel leaving NPR's 'All Things Considered'
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Robert Siegel will step down from his position as host of NPR's flagship news show "All Things Considered" next year.

"This is a decision long in the making and not an easy one," Siegel said, according to NPR. "I've had the greatest job I can think of, working with the finest colleagues anyone could ask for, for as long a stretch as I could imagine."

"But, looking ahead to my seventies (which start all too soon) I feel that it is time for me to begin a new phase of life. Over the next few months, I hope to figure out what that will be."

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Siegel, who first joined the network as a newscaster in 1976, has worked as the co-host of "All Things Considered" since 1987. In that role, Siegel has covered news stories over three decades ranging from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to the Monica Lewinsky scandal that rocked the Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonJudge rejects Biden request for delay in Trump environmental rollback case Considering impeachment's future We need a social media early warning center MORE White House.

"As anyone who has worked with Robert can attest, he is an extraordinary reporter and an even better broadcaster," NPR said in a statement. "After 30 years in the role, he comes to work every day with ceaseless curiosity, enthusiasm, and a profound passion for the work and the medium."