2013-14 Season

Tate Lecture Series

Susan Stamberg

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. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and 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. Stamberg now serves as guest host of NPR's Morning Edition and Weekend Edition/Saturday, and reports on cultural issues for all NPR programs. Her interviews appear each Tuesday on Morning Edition.

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 Nancy Reagan, Annie Liebowitz, Rosa Parks, Luciano Pavarotti, Laura Bush, and Billy Joel.

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 in 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. It was published by Turtle Bay Press/Random House in 1993. Her first book, Every Night at Five: Susan Stamberg's All Things Considered Book, was published in 1982 by Pantheon. Stamberg also co-edited The Wedding Cake in the Middle of the Road, published in 1992 by W.W. Norton.

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. She also received a Jefferson Fellowship for Journalism from the East-West Center in Hawaii.

A New York City native, Stamberg has a B.A. from Barnard College. Her numerous honorary degrees include a Doctor of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College. She is a Fellow of Silliman College, Yale

University, and serves on the boards of the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award Foundation and Columbia University's National Arts Journalism Program. 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.

Her husband Louis C. Stamberg is retired from the Department of State's Agency for International Development. Their son Joshua is an actor.