Bob Edwards is the host of The Bob Edwards Show on XM Satellite Radio and Bob Edwards Weekend, distributed to public radio stations by Public Radio International (PRI). Both programs feature in-depth interviews with newsmakers, journalists, entertainers and other compelling figures.
Before joining XM in 2004, Edwards hosted National Public Radio's (NPR) Morning Edition for 24 years, attracting more than 13 million listeners weekly. He joined NPR in 1974 and was co-host of NPR's evening news magazine, All Things Considered, until 1979 when he helped launch Morning Edition.
Edwards is the author of two books: Fridays with Red, which chronicled his radio friendship with legendary sportscaster Red Barber, and Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism.
Edwards was born in Louisville, Kentucky and began his radio career there. He served in the U.S. Army. His job assignment? Broadcaster.
After the Army, Edwards moved to Washington, DC, where he worked as an anchorman for WTOP AM, an all-news CBS affiliate. At age 25, he became a correspondent with the Mutual Broadcasting System.
Edwards has won the duPont-Columbia Award for radio journalism, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio. He serves as national first vice president of AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In November of 2004, Edwards was inducted into the national Radio Hall of Fame.
Edwards is a graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a master's degree from American University in Washington.
NOTE: This bio appeared in the November 21, 2008 program for our "Storytellers and the Stories They Tell" Forum.
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