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Lulu Garcia-Navarro, who has been a longtime voice on NPR and its podcasts, is heading to the New York Times where she will host a new opinion podcast for the Times Opinion section. Garcia-Navarro announced last month that she will leave NPR at the end of October. She hosts the network’s morning news podcast Up First – the third-biggest series according to Podtrac – and the “Weekend Edition-Sunday” radio program. Her last day on the air will be Oct. 17.

“I am delighted to be joining the Opinion section of The New York Times and to be heading a show which will be exploring the place where lived experience and opinion intersect,” Garcia-Navarro said in the announcement.

The Times says her new podcast will present intimate and immersive stories, highlighting new perspectives and ideas. In the announcement, Opinion Editor Kathleen Kingsbury and Director of Audio Paula Szuchman said it will “explore the personal side of opinion — how we come to believe what we do, and what happens when our beliefs get tested. Imagine a guest essay, but for the ears.”

Navarro previously worked as an international correspondent for NPR, working in Mexico, Brazil, and the Middle East. As host of “Weekend Edition” she has reported on everything from #MeToo to immigration to the pandemic. 

As well as NPR, Garcia-Navarro has also worked at BBC World Service, Voice of America, the Associated Press Television News and AP Radio. 

“I am thrilled to open up a new chapter doing what I love: telling real stories about people and how they move in the world and why they think the way they do,” said Garcia-Navarro in a Twitter post. “At a time when there is so much distrust over where people’s opinions come from, this new show will explore the place where lived experience and opinion intersect,” she added. “I think we are better and can connect more when we understand why people hold the views they do.”