Nationally renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg is Special Correspondent for NPR. She is the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program, has won every major award in broadcasting, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame.
Beginning in 1972, Stamberg spent 14 years as co-host of NPR's award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered. Then, she hosted Weekend Edition/Sunday for three years. She now serves as guest host of NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition/Saturday, and reports on cultural issues for various NPR programs.
One of the most popular broadcasters in public radio, 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, Rosa Parks, Luciano Pavarotti, Stephen Sondheim, and Billy Joel.
Stamberg is the author of two books, TALK: NPR's Susan Stamberg Considers All Things and Every Night at Five.
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 Distinguished Broadcaster Award from the American Women in Radio and Television.
Stamberg has earned numerous honorary degrees including a Doctor of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College. A Fellow of Silliman College, Yale University, she has served on the boards of the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award Foundation, Columbia University's National Arts Journalism Program, and was a Public Director on the Board of the American Institute of Architecture.
Stamberg has hosted several series on PBS, moderated three Fred Rogers TV specials for adults, been commentator, guest or co-host on various commercial TV programs, appeared as a narrator in performance with the St. Louis and National Symphony Orchestras. Her voice appeared on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's play "An American Daughter," and in the film The Siege.
Yakima was delighted to host Susan Stamberg for two days. We started with a dinner at a local art patron's home (which is a collector's museum in itself). Susan enjoyed a lovely meal amongst specially made chocolate radios and truffles and then spent a few minutes answering questions from our board. The next morning, I listened to most of the press conference which she handled adeptly. Throughout her time here we were impressed with her friendliness, intelligence, warm sense of humor, and integrity. We all enjoyed her presentation on artists who have changed our time and the clips she had selected were key to her program. Ms. Stamberg is curious about the life swirling around her today, making her an avid listener and intelligent communicator. This cannot be said of all nationally-known speakers.