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Scott Tong to host NPR’s “Here & Now” Show In August

Scott Tong, who spent nearly two decades at Marketplace, a business and economic news website, has covered everything from the global economy to environmental issues.

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A highly acclaimed international journalist has been tapped to host NPR’s Here & Now program. Scott Tong, who spent nearly two decades at Marketplace, a business and economic news website, has covered everything from the global economy to environmental issues.

Here & Now is distributed to 477 NPR stations. Tong replaces senior editor Peter O’Dowd, who was filling-in.

Carline Watson, executive producer of Here & Now, said she is excited about the prospect of working with such a seasoned journalist.

“The depth of his journalism, his extensive reporting experience and his willingness to be a guide for the listener will complete our already outstanding team comprised of Tonya Mosley and Robin Young.”

Tong praised his former employer for the opportunities he received over the last 16 years.

“Marketplace gave me the opportunity to explore the great skies of the world — in Nairobi, Caracas, Shanghai, Manila — and tell stories about them; for that I will always be thankful,” said Tong in a statement. “Now, I’m excited to join Robin, Tonya and the WBUR/NPR team at Here & Now to tell timely stories with the program’s signature context and thoughtfulness.”

Tong will make his on-air debut at NPR on August 9. 

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WBZ Newsradio Earns Three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

This marks the second year in a row that the station won the regional awards for Best Newscast and Continuing Coverage.

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iHeartMedia’s WBZ NewsRadio has earned three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism. 

According to a release, the station won the awards for Breaking News Coverage, Continuing Coverage, and Best Newscast. This marks the second year in a row that the station won the regional awards for Best Newscast and Continuing Coverage.

WBZ is now under consideration for three National Murrow Awards in the three respective categories.

The Breaking News Coverage award was for WBZ’s coverage of the January 6th riots at the U.S. Capitol. The Continuing Coverage award was for WBZ’s ongoing coverage of the COVID Pandemic. The Best Newscast award was for the 8 a.m. newscast on Oct. 11, 2021, during the 2021 Boston Marathon.

The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that upheld the Radio Television Digital News Association Code of Ethics, show off technical skills, and highlight the importance of journalism as a public service.

“Humbled as always to be part of such an incredible team here,” tweeted WBZ evening news anchor and host, Nichole Davis. “From producers to editors, writers to reporters, master control to us anchors…we come in each day to make your life a little bit easier. Thank you, as always, for listening.” 

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Lars Larson Celebrates 25 years at News 101 KXL

Larson’s show is distributed nationally to more than 100 radio affiliates around the country by Compass Media Networks. 

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Portland-based syndicated radio host Lars Larson recently celebrated 25 years behind the microphone at FM News 101 KXL. Larson’s show is distributed nationally to more than 100 radio affiliates around the country by Compass Media Networks. 

According to Talkers, KXL posted a video tribute to Larson’s career in radio which started at the age of 16 at KTIL in Tillamook, Oregon. He would go on to work at stations in Eugene, Oregon and Spokane, Washington, and other markets before landing at KXL. 

Larson would earn national recognition by filling in for Michael Savage. According to his Wikipedia, Larson was hired by Westwood One to host his own show for national syndication. The show debuted in 2003 and grew to 175 affiliates. The company canceled the show six years later. 

In 2009, “The Lars Larson Show” resurfaced on Compass Media Networks. According to Radio Ink, Compass offered Larson a seven-year extension to run through 2023. 

“Lars has been the voice of conservative talk in the Pacific Northwest for over 2 decades, and during that time has talked to some of the biggest names in politics, entertainment, and pop culture that America has to offer,” said KXL.

 If you’re in the Portland area, you can catch Lars on 101.1 KXL Monday – Friday from 12-4 PST. 

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Arizona Sheriff Refutes Claim That Dinesh D’Souza’s Film Provoked New Investigation

D’Souza claimed that his 2020 election documentary provoked a new voter fraud investigation in Arizona.

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In an interview on Jason Whitlock’s podcast, radio host and “2000 Mules” filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza claimed that his 2020 election documentary provoked a new voter fraud investigation in Arizona.

“The Sheriff of Yuma saw our movie, went berserk, and has opened up an investigation in Yuma, Arizona,” D’Souza said. “I believe there will be arrests very soon.”

However, Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot told The Arizona Mirror that D’Souza’s remarks aren’t true. The newspaper reached out to Wilmot for comment on what the filmmaker said about the latest investigations into voter fraud.

“The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has been working jointly with the Yuma County Recorder’s Office and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office extensively regarding allegations of voter misconduct for over a year,” Wilmot said. “

These ongoing investigations are not related to or inspired by any movie or celebrity figure, but rather facts and evidence regarding violation of Arizona statute. I am not familiar with, nor have I ever communicated with, any individuals who may now be claiming I am investigating on their behalf or because of any supposed inspiration from a documentary film.”

D’Souza premiered his film at Mar-a-Lago in early May and has been a hot topic regarding the 2020 election, whether it’s from those refuting the information or praising the documentary.

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