Newscaster Jean Cochran, the longest-serving member of NPR's newscast unit, has accepted a voluntary buyout offer from the network.
tweeted on Oct. 28 that she
will leave at the end of the year.
"Anyone need a newscast, I do birthdays, and bar mitzvahs!
Cochran started at NPR in 1981 as an associate producer on Morning Edition, and moved to full-time newscasting in 1989, when NPR first established a newcasting unit.
According to NPR
"worked on all production aspects" of Morning Edition, "helping to define the sound and format during the crucial early years of the show's development."
Previously, Cochran reported or worked as a newscaster at local radio stations including WAMU in Washington, D.C.; WVMT in Burlington, Vt.; WLNH in Laconia, N.H.; and WCFR in Springfield, Vt.
: "I will not miss my alarm going off at 1:50 a.m.