“Devastating News: Another Brooklyn-Based Man Receives a Podcast.” It’s self-effacement Posting on Twitter New York Times national political reporter Astead Herdon, who joins the paper’s audio team full-time. Herndon has been a frequent guest and back-up host on The Daily, and also a senior reporter on the political podcast The Field. As midterm election season approaches, The Times is looking to bolster its slate of political podcasts in much the same way it debuted The Run Up during the 2016 presidential election season.
“We are in the early stages of development, but you can expect to hear a show that complements the essential political coverage already shown on The Daily. It will draw on the expertise of political office and the strength of Astead to bring people together in conversation,” executive audio producer Lisa Tobin and director of audio Paula Szuchman said in a joint statement.
Herdon has been with The New York Times since 2018. Prior to that, he spent three years at the Boston Globe where he was notably offered a $5,000 bribe while reporting a daily crime story. Herdon refused the bribe and instead began investigating the person; the work ended up being a two-part series.
“I’m excited to be developing a podcast that speaks to the best of New York Times political reporting — fearless, fair and curious,” Herdon said in the announcement. “I want this show to be a center of nuance. A place where political junkies can learn something, but the politically uninitiated will never be left behind. A show that isn’t afraid to wrestle with hard truths, but isn’t cruel.