WBUR’s “On Point” Host Tom Ashbrook on Six-Week Medical Leave

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(Boston) — Tom Ashbrook, host of the WBUR-produced, nationally distributed morning National Public Radio news program, “On Point,” will be off the air for six weeks while recuperating from successful heart bypass surgery.

“Tom’s doctor said the surgery went extremely well,” said Sam Fleming, WBUR managing director of News and Programming. “We spoke with Tom this morning and he was a little sore but sounded great. We all wish him well and look forward to his return on January 2.”

Guest hosts during Ashbrook’s absence include former CBS Anchor Jane Clayson; NPR Senior Correspondent Jacki Lyden; former ABC and CNN Correspondent Sheilah Kast; and James Hattori, a former correspondent for NBC News.

“On Point,” is broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon (EST) weekdays in Boston (and rebroadcast 7:00-9:00 p.m.), and airs on over 70 NPR stations throughout the country. A hybrid of a talk program and a news magazine, “On Point” puts each day’s news into context and provides a lively forum for discussion and debate with newsmakers and thinkers from around the world. Ashbrook is an award-winning journalist brought to radio by the attacks of September 11 after a distinguished career in newspaper reporting and editing. More information on “On Point” can be found online at http://www.onpointradio.org/.

One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member of National Public Radio. WBUR also broadcasts a selection of BBC programs and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “On Point,” “Only a Game,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, the Associated Press News Station of the year for 2003-05, and recently, three prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards in the 2007 Radio-Television News Director Association’s (RTNDA) annual national electronic journalism competition.