Michele Norris (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Norris stepped down from her job last week to prevent any appearance of a conflict of interest after her husband, Broderick Johnson, joined President Obama’s reelection team as a senior adviser.

Audie Cornish, the host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” will take over Norris’s hosting duties in early January.

In her note to NPR staff today, senior vice president of news Margaret Low Smith wrote, “While it was a tough decision to move Audie (albeit temporarily) from a program she has quickly made her own, her skills and experience make her the ideal person to step in. She is a warm and familiar voice to NPR audiences and an outstanding journalist and storyteller. Audie will be a wonderful compliment to Robert [Siegel] and Melissa [Block]. And, in an Election year, her experience covering Capitol Hill and the 2008 presidential election will be a huge plus.””

Norris said she will return from a leave of absence after the presidential election.

Norris’s decision was seen in part as an attempt by NPR to avoid any perception of an election-year bias at the radio network. Though as The Post’s Nia Malik-Henderson wrote, Norris’s connection may “fuel the ongoing storyline that NPR is a liberal mouthpiece.”