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Jeremy Hobson to live-host NPR program from WILL

12 noon-2 pm Mon., July 14: Urbana native will co-host Here & Now from C-U

Jeremy Hobson

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Jeremy Hobson, former WILL staffer and current co-host of WBUR/NPR’s Boston-based weekday news program Here & Now, will return to Urbana to host the program live from WILL’s studios at Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication on Monday, July 14. Hobson will work with staff in both locations for the broadcast, which airs weekdays on WILL-AM 580 from noon until 2 pm.

Hobson's co-host, Robin Young, will be in Boston for the show. "I'll be in town celebrating the 100th birthday of a dear family friend--and I thought I'd bring the show with me," Hobson said. He's planning four Illinois segments during the program. "One will be a reporters' roundtable looking at the local stories that aren't getting enough national attention. Another will be a story about the history of the Morrow Plots," he said.

Before joining Here & Now, Hobson hosted the Marketplace Morning Report, a daily business news program with an audience of more than six million. As host, he interviewed some of the most powerful people in business, including Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates and Richard Branson.

Before taking the anchor chair, Hobson was a reporter for Marketplace based in Washington, D.C. and later New York City. He covered Wall Street and its impact on ordinary Americans during the financial crisis of 2008.

In addition to working at WILL, Hobson has also reported and hosted for public radio stations including WRNI Providence and WCAI Cape Cod. He spent years as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered, Day to Day and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

Hobson’s radio career began at the age of nine when he started contributing to a program called Treehouse Radio on WILL. He is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Illinois Laboratory High School.