NPR “founding mother” Susan Stamberg to speak at 2018 Annual Dinner

New Hampshire Humanities is pleased to present nationally renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg as keynote speaker at the 2018 Annual Dinner on October 3. The first woman to anchor a national nightly news program, Stamberg has won every major award in broadcasting and has been with National Public Radio since the network launched almost 50 years ago.

Beginning in 1972, Stamberg served as co-host of NPR’s award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered for 14 years. She also hosted Weekend Edition Sunday, and now reports on cultural issues for Morning Edition and Weekend Edition Saturday.

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, Billy Crystal, Rosa Parks, Dave Brubeck, and Luciano Pavarotti. She is the author of two books: Talk: NPR’s Susan Stamberg Considers All Things and Every Night at Five: Susan Stamberg’s All Things Considered Book.

Stamberg has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame, and has received many awards including the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Distinguished Broadcaster Award from the American Women in Radio and Television.

 

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. She is a Fellow of Silliman College, Yale University, and has served on the boards of the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award Foundation and the National Arts Journalism Program based at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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, and appeared as a narrator in performance with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. Her voice appeared on Broadway in the Wendy Wasserstein play An American Daughter.

Her late husband Louis Stamberg had his career with the State Department's agency for international development. Her son Josh Stamberg, an actor, has appeared in various television series, films, and plays.

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