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Since his first day on the air with NPR in 1974, public radio listeners made Bob Edwards an essential part of their radio days. For three decades - from the hostage crisis in Iran to September 11th, to the warfare in Iraq - listeners turned to Bob Edwards for insight, perspective and companionship. With Bob Edwards at the helm, Morning Edition became the most-listened-to program in public radio, with thirteen million people tuned in every week. While with NPR, Bob Edwards conducted more than 20,000 interviews, from President Clinton to Hans Blix to Johnny Cash. Bob and Morning Edition earned dozens of awards, including a George Foster Peabody Award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for outstanding contributions to public radio.
For longtime NPR listeners, Bob Edwards' weekly conversations with Red Barber were legendary. In 1981, the former Brooklyn Dodgers radio announcer came out of retirement and made his debut with Bob Edwards on Morning Edition. Their discussions were intended to be about sports, but they blossomed into much more. The conversations charmed, delighted, and surprised listeners for more than a decade, until Red's death in 1992. Bob Edwards captured that experience and his friendship with Red Barber in his 1993 book, Fridays with Red.
In 1974, Bob Edwards became co-host of NPR's evening news program, All Things Considered. In 1979 he helped launch Morning Edition, where his trademark delivery - probing and thoughtful - was matched by his wry sense of humor. Bob became senior correspondent with NPR News in 2004.
In July of 2004, Bob Edwards stepped down as host of Morning Edition. He now hosts his new morning program, The Bob Edwards Show, on XM Public Radio. The show features in-depth interviews with newsmakers, journalists, entertainers and other compelling people. "I think XM is reviving and reinventing radio. It's something entirely new, and at the same time it brings radio back to its past glory," Bob said. "Thirty years is a long time to bond with a particular audience, an audience I love. I am excited about creating the same radio magic on XM that I have been part of throughout my career."
Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, Bob Edwards went to the University of Louisville and began his radio career at a small station in New Albany, Indiana. In the Army, he produced and anchored television and radio news programs for the American Forces Korea Network (AFKN) in Seoul. After his service in the Army, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a weekend and evening anchorman for WTOP-AM, an all-news CBS affiliate. At the same time, he earned a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from American University.
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