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Carl Kasell Signs Off NPR

It was so hard for veteran NPR journalist Carl Kasell to say goodbye after more than three decades at the radio Wednesday that he didn't. "I'm not saying goodbye, because I'll still be around," Kasell told listeners at the end of his final newscast. "I'm just saying, 'I'm Carl Kasell, NPR News, Washington.'" The 75-year-old journalist will continue to be the official judge and scorekeeper on the nationally syndicated station's quiz show, Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, but will no longer be the iconic voice America wakes up to on Morning Edition. Kasell began at the network in 1975 as a newscaster on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered before moving to his most recent home, Morning Edition, when it launched four years later.