Connecticut Public has announced that John Henry Smith III has been named the new, local host of All Things Considered on Connecticut Public Radio, beginning in March. All Things Considered is the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time news radio program in the country, covering the biggest national and local stories of the day as well as offering in-depth analysis, thoughtful commentary as well as insightful features about arts and life, music and entertainment. The program airs weekdays at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
John Henry Smith III brings 22 years of national and local journalism experience to Connecticut Public. Most recently, he joins Connecticut Public from Baldwin Media Strategic Communications, where he served as a public relations strategist, providing crisis communication, social media, and media training support for clients. In his new position, Smith will return to his reporting roots to become the journalistic voice of Connecticut Public’s afternoon news across all platforms, presenting the news, interviewing newsmakers, and setting and executing Connecticut Public’s local news priorities throughout every afternoon.
“We’re thrilled to welcome John Henry Smith as host of our flagship news magazine, All Things Considered,” said Tim Rasmussen, Chief Content Officer of Connecticut Public, “John Henry brings with him extensive local and national news experience in uncovering, writing, producing and broadcasting the news. He is a seasoned anchor and newsroom leader who will bring the experience, tenacity and reporting expertise that Connecticut Public listeners expect and rely on every day in All Things Considered.”
Ray Hardman, who has hosted All Things Considered since 2002, will continue to lead and expand Connecticut Public’s arts and culture reporting across all platforms. He is currently developing a new 6-episode series designed for TV, digital and radio, scheduled to premiere in June 2020, which will be announced in early Spring 2020.
About Connecticut Public
Connecticut Public is home to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). Together, Connecticut Public serves nearly one million citizens each month through Connecticut Public Radio and Connecticut Public Television, as well as through our many digital and online platforms. Through our mission to inform, educate and inspire the people of Connecticut, we connect people of all ages to high quality journalism, storytelling, education and experiences, and amplify the voices of our diverse communities. Connecticut Public is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, with an $22 million annual budget, funded primarily through community support from individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors.