Susan Stamberg | First Woman to Anchor a National Nightly News Program

Susan Stamberg

First Woman to Anchor a National Nightly News Program

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Susan Stamberg
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Nationally renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg is special correspondent for National Public Radio. Stamberg is the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program and has won every major award in broadcasting. In 1994 she was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and in 1996, the Radio Hall of Fame. Beginning in 1972, Stamberg served as co-host of NPR's award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered for 14 years. She then hosted Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR's morning newsmagazine, from its premiere in January 1987 through October 1989, and now serves as guest host of NPR's Morning Edition , and Weekend Edition Saturday, in addition to reporting on cultural issues for all the NPR programs.

One of the most popular broadcasters in public radio, Susan Stamberg is well-known for her conversational style, intelligence and knack for finding an interesting story. Her interviewing has been called "fresh," "friendly, down-to-earth" and (by novelist E.L. Doctorow) "the closest thing to an enlightened humanist on the radio." Her thousands of interviews include conversations with Laura Bush, Annie Liebowitz, Rosa Parks, Norah Jones and James Baldwin. Stamberg is one of the pioneers of National Public Radio, on staff since the network began in 1971.

Prior to joining NPR, she served as producer, program director and general manager of NPR member station WAMU-FM/Washington, D.C. Stamberg is the author of two books and co-editor of a third. TALK: NPR's Susan Stamberg Considers All Things chronicles her two decades with NPR. Her first book was Every Night at Five: Susan Stamberg's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED Book.

In addition to her Hall of Fame inductions, other recognition includes the Armstrong and Dupont Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Ohio State University's Golden Anniversary Director's Award, the Distinguished Broadcaster Award from American Women in Radio and Television. She also received a Jefferson Fellowship for Journalism from the East-West Center in Hawaii. A native of New York City, Stamberg earned a bachelor's degree from Barnard College, and has been awarded numerous honorary degrees including a Doctor of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College. Susan Stamberg is a Fellow of Silliman College, Yale University, and serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award Foundation.

Susan Stamberg has hosted a number of series on PBS, moderated three Fred Rogers television specials for adults, served as commentator, guest or co-host on various commercial TV programs, appeared as a narrator in performance with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, and her voice appeared on Broadway in the Wendy Wasserstein play An American Daughter.

She is married to Louis C. Stamberg, recently retired from the Department of State's Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. They have one son, Joshua, an actor.

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