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WBUR, Boston University’s National Public Radio Station, announced in July 2018 that a pair of familiar voices to its radio listeners, Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik, will take over permanent hosting duties of the live call-in radio program On Point.
Chakrabarti (Questrom’13) will host On Point from Boston Monday through Thursday, and Folkenflik will handle Friday from New York. The program, which airs weekdays from 10 am to noon, has two million listeners through roughly 300 National Public Radio stations.
“We’re excited for Meghna and David to carry on the tradition at On Point of inspired conversation and respect for a wide range of opinions,” WBUR general manager Charlie Kravetz said in making the announcement. “On Point gives voice to Americans across the continent, welcoming them to share their thoughts with our guests and other listeners from communities across the United States.”
On Point had been without a permanent host since February 2018, when Boston University decided that Tom Ashbrook should not return to the program following an independent review that verified allegations he had created an abusive work environment during his tenure as host of the program.
On Point was born in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in an effort to build a national dialogue around key issues. Though politics and breaking news are the show’s staples, it frequently veers into conversations around pop culture by bringing in writers, musicians, scientists, and artists to talk about their work and field listener questions.
Chakrabarti, who holds a graduate degree from Harvard and an MBA from BU’s Questrom School of Business, is a regular for both WBUR and NPR. She is the former host of Radio Boston and has appeared as a frequent fill-in voice on the midday program Here & Now and as the voice of the podcast Modern Love, a collaboration between WBUR and the New York Times.
“For the past 10 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,” Chakrabarti says. “It’s a privilege to bring that to a national stage and to work with David, whom I’ve followed and admired for years.”
Folkenflik, NPR’s media correspondent, has been an NPR reporter for nearly 14 years.