Andrea Crossan named Executive Producer of ​The World

Crossan has served as Interim Executive Producer for the weekday radio program since November 2018

Andrea Crossan, Executive Producer for PRI’s The World

PRI/PRX recently announced that Andrea Crossan, currently interim executive producer for PRI’s The World, has been appointed as Executive Producer for the program, effective May 1.

Crossan joined The World in May 2004. She served as the series director of PRI’s Across Women’s Lives project, reporting on gender rights from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Uganda, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Brazil, and Kenya. In 2017, Crossan created the 50 States project, reporting on the impacts of globalization in the United States. She’s also produced coverage of immigration issues from the U.S. border and Mexico.

“I’m thrilled to lead this outstanding team of journalists for the next chapter of The World. It’s an exciting time of change for the show. We’re a diverse newsroom with a strong mission to deliver stories from around the world with depth and nuance. It’s my sincere belief that there has never been a more critical time for us to provide a global perspective on the issues of the day,” said Crossan.

Crossan began her career with The World as a BBC producer in the London bureau. She has worked for a number of news organizations, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Associated Press and NBC News. Andrea has a Master’s degree in International Journalism from City University London.

“Andrea has reported in difficult places on stories that demanded empathy, toughness and courage,” said John Barth, chief content officer at PRI/PRX. “She’s already shown those qualities leading the talented team at The World and we need that to deliver a fresh show worthy of the listeners we serve.”

“We’re confident that Andrea’s leadership at The World will be transformative to the future of the program,” said Jon Abbott, president and CEO of WGBH. “Given Andrea’s vision, focus and expertise we’re excited by the new momentum surrounding this weekday program, that brings audiences critical news with a global perspective.”

PRI’s The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. Launched in 1996, The World, a co-production of WGBH/Boston, PRI/PRX, and the BBC World Service, airs weekdays on more than 250 public radio stations across the United States and Canada.


In August 2018, PRI and PRX announced their merger to create a new media organization. The organization believes strong public media is anchored in journalism, strengthened by new voices and amplified by innovative technology. PRI/PRX seeks to build a public media company focused on the next generation of creative talent, across broadcast and audio on demand, to serve listeners who demand the highest-quality content that represents the voices and people across diverse and nuanced communities. PRI/PRX programming has been recognized with numerous awards, including two 2018 Peabody Award for Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, and four 2019 Webby Awards. PRI/PRX reaches an audience of 28.5 million listeners each month across broadcast and web, and 58.5 million monthly podcast downloads.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a major supplier of programming for public radio, and co-producer with Public Radio International (PRI) of PRI’s The World. As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom, WGBH supplies content to PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors, including Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. More info at

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