16 Facts About Bob Edwards


Robert Alan Edwards is an American broadcast journalist, a Peabody Award-winning member of the National Radio Hall of Fame.


Bob Edwards hosted both of National Public Radio's flagship news programs, the afternoon All Things Considered, and Morning Edition, where he was the first and longest serving host in the latter program's history.


Bob Edwards is a graduate of St Xavier High School and the University of Louisville and began his radio career in 1968 at a small radio station in New Albany, Indiana, a town located across the Ohio River from Louisville.


Bob Edwards hosted NPR's flagship program, Morning Edition, from the show's inception in 1979 until 2004.


Bob Edwards's reassuring and authoritative voice is often the first many Americans hear each day.


Bob Edwards's is a rare radio voice: informed but never smug; intimate but never intrusive; opinionated but never dismissive.


Bob Edwards's subjects ranged from major politicians to authors and celebrities.


Barber died in 1992; the following year Bob Edwards based his first book, Fridays with Red: A Radio Friendship, on the weekly interviews.


In 2003, Bob Edwards was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.


Bob Edwards was removed as host, replaced with Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne, and reassigned as a senior correspondent for NPR News.


The decision to remove Bob Edwards, made shortly before his 25th anniversary with the show, was met with much criticism by listeners.


Three months after his departure from Morning Edition, XM Satellite Radio announced that he had signed on to host a new program, The Bob Edwards Show, for its new XM Public Radio channel.


The Bob Edwards Show has received several awards, including: the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP ; a Gabriel Award from the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals, The National Press Club's Robert L Kozic Award for Environmental Reporting for the documentary, "Exploding Heritage", about mountaintop-removal coal mining.


In November 2004, Bob Edwards was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.


Bob Edwards continues to offer verbal support for public radio.


Bob Edwards holds honorary degrees from the University of Louisville, Spalding University, Bellarmine University, Willamette University, Grinnell College, DePaul University, the University of St Francis, and Albertson College.