ABC News is launching a daily news podcast called “Start Here,” which will be hosted by Brad Mielke. This podcast will begin March 28, and every episode will be about 20 minutes long. The podcast is aimed at delivering news that will offer insight on events influencing the world. New episodes will be posted every day at 6 am Eastern Time on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play Music, and the ABC News app.
“This new venture will provide expertise, curation and credibility as an antidote to information noise,” says Steve Jones, vice president and general manager of ABC Radio. “The median age of podcast listeners is 29. Brad’s inviting and energetic delivery, powered by ABC News, gives us the opportunity to reach that next generation of ABC News consumers in a medium they love and allows them to not just hear the news but to step inside of it and emerge better equipped for their day.”
Every episode will include four to six stories with a stress on taking listeners directly to the scene of compelling moments using natural sound and on-location reporting. During every podcast, Mielke will talk to ABC News veterans including Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent; Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent; Juju Chang, “Nightline” co-anchor; and Rebecca Jarvis, Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent. “Many of the same names and faces you see on TV or on your social media feed will join ‘Start Here’ to further report on the stories driving each news cycle,” said Steve Jones, vice president and general manager of ABC Radio.
“We’ve got the global resources of ABC News at our disposal, so we can tackle each day’s most important and interesting stories. Sometimes, we’ll be making news with our investigative reporting or high-profile interviews. But, always, we will provide depth and context and a unique presentation that is contemporary and interesting,” said Jones. “Our presentation will be smart without being pretentious.”
Brad Mielke is an ABC News reporter who is based out of New York. He is on the front lines of ABC’s political coverage, hosting several political shows on ABC Radio which cover political stories across the country. Mielke reports breaking news events on ABC News Digital.