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Susan Stamberg

NPR Special Correspondent
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Biography

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.

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Four Who Changed Our Times

Writer Ernest Hemingway, director Elia Kazan, painter Georgia O'Keeffe, singer Frank Sinatra. This keynote speech delves into the impact Hemingway made on literature, when he invented a new, spare way to write fiction (both Barak Obama and John McCain named Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls as a favorite book) and the impact Kazan made as a '50s film and theatre director who introduced America to a new, raw way of acting and presenting drama. Then there is O'Keeffe, our most important female artist who showed us new way to look at the world around us. Finally, there is Sinatra who was the first great modern pop music singer and set a standard no one has ever been able to match. The speech is based on reporting and interviews done by Susan Stamberg.

Jewish Mothers

In this keynote speech, Stamberg discusses how the image of the Jewish mother has changed over the years, from stereotypical immigrant Yiddishe Mama, to J.d. Salinger's Mrs. Glass, to Philip Roth's Mrs. Portnoy, to linguist Deborah Tannen's contemporary Mother. The speech incorporates examples from literature – ranging from hilarious, to sad, to moving, and back again.

Inspiring Women

This keynote presentation is a portrait of women of our time who have inspired, broken ground, led, had the courage to survive -- all profiled by Stamberg in her reporting career. Georgia O'Keeffe -- the most famous woman artist of the century and how she changed the way we look at objects and found the poetry in things. Miep Gies -- who found, then saved the diary of Anne Frank, and helped the Frank family throughout World War Two. Betsy Wilson -- not famous, but the courageous founder of Let's Face It, a self-help organization for those with facial disfigurements. Nancy Reagan -- how a former First Lady kept me out in the cold.

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