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With shows like SwayThe Ezra Klein Show, and The Argument, podcasts have been a part of the New York Times’ Opinion section. Now the unit is getting a new lead as the Times announces it has hired Irene Noguchi as Executive Producer of Opinion Audio. She succeeds Paula Szuchman who in July was named Director of Audio at the Times.

“It’s been just 18 months since Opinion brought its audio operations in-house, and there’s no doubt that we’ve built a formidable team. We’re now producing a podcast episode every weekday. We’ve seen impressive audience growth. We’ve made news. And we’re about to launch a first-of-its-kind first-person show,” said the joint announcement from Opinion Editor Kathleen Kingsbury and Szuchman.

Noguchi joins from Politico, where she has been Head of Audio since January 2020, overseeing the company’s podcasts and smart speaker content covering politics and policy. During her time there she launched the company’s daily news podcast Dispatch, weekly politics show Playbook Deep Dive and interview program Global Insider.

Prior to Politico, Noguchi spent two years at Vox Media as Executive Producer of its podcast Today, Explained. Earlier Noguchi spent nearly a decade in public radio including working as a producer at KQED San Francisco from 2012-2017, a producer at Nevada Public Radio KNPR Las Vegas (88.9) from 2009 to 2012, and a reporter and producer at KUOW Seattle (94.9) from 2009 to 2009. Noguchi earlier worked as an attorney.

Noguchi will join the Times beginning in early December. She will report to Szuchman.

Opinion Audio’s roster of shows will grow by one early next year when former NPR host Lulu Garcia-Navarro launches her new podcast. Garcia-Navarro had been a longtime voice on NPR and hosted the radio network’s morning news podcast Up First.