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From AJR,   December 2002

Staying for NOW   

Daniel Zwerdling, whose position at National Public Radio was cut this fall, becomes NPR's correspondent on the PBS show "NOW with Bill Moyers."

By Kathryn S. Wenner
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at the Washington Post.     

National Public Radio senior correspondent Daniel Zwerdling, who learned in October that his job had been cut (see Bylines, November), takes a position reporting for both NPR and the PBS show "NOW with Bill Moyers." Zwerdling, 53, says he will be producing 15- or 16-minute lead stories for NOW and turning them into radio pieces for NPR's newsmagazine shows, something he did in September with reports on Louisiana's disappearing coastal wetlands and the potential for a disastrous hurricane in New Orleans. The wetlands story worked better on TV, he says, and the hurricane piece was more powerful on radio. "I think it'll be a lot of fun," Zwerdling says, "to think visually as well as in terms of sound." And, he adds, NOW tackles the kind of "big-issue stories" he likes to do.