Changes at NPR's 'News & Notes'

ChideyaExpect an announcement later today that the ratings-challenged News & Notes, produced at NPR West in Culver City, will survive for now. Sources say, however, that New York-based host Ed Gordon will be departing. Word is that Farai Chideya, who reports and fills in as host from here, will take over the job. Longtime L.A. radio fixture Tony Cox — who began substitute hosting when it was "The Tavis Smiley Show" — will also remain. Smiley used to transmit his part from studios in the Crenshaw district, so once the changes are made it will be the first time the National Public Radio show has actually been produced and hosted full-time in the facilities on Jefferson Boulevard.

Add NPR: John Ydstie blogs every day from the editors' morning news agenda meeting. Also, former L.A. bureau chief for CBS News Leroy Sievers blogs at about his spreading cancer.

Photo of Farai Chideya: Antony Nagelmann/

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