The Curious Listener: An UPDATE Of Presidential Proportion

Jan 24, 2013
Originally published on February 6, 2013 1:05 pm

Our inaugural Curious Listener post focused on NPR broadcast style for talking about the President of the United States on first, second and subsequent references. As the next term begins, however, we're practicing some new policies when it comes to talking about the country's Chief Executive.

For decades, listeners have heard our reporters and hosts say "the President," "President (last name)," and "Mister (last name)" on air. Now NPR News is dropping the "Mister" requirement from our stylebook.

Find out why in the first-ever Curious Listener UPDATE, a conversation between NPR Listener Services and one listener:

Send your questions about the inner workings of NPR, something you heard during a program, or anything else NPR-related to NPR Listener Services. Your question and the answer might even end up on the This is NPR blog.

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