24 Facts About Diane Rehm


Diane Rehm is an American journalist and the host of Diane Rehm: On My Mind podcast, produced at WAMU, which is licensed to American University in Washington, DC.


Rehm is the former American public radio talk show host of The Diane Rehm Show, which was distributed nationally and internationally by National Public Radio.


Diane Rehm announced she was going to host a weekly podcast, which she began doing in January 2017.


Diane Rehm is the co-producer, narrator, and interviewer of When My Time Comes, distributed by PBS stations across the country.


Diane Rehm was born in Washington, DC According to Diane Rehm's autobiography, Finding My Voice, her father's family were Eastern Orthodox Christians from Ottoman Mersin, a city on the southern coast of Anatolia.


Diane Rehm's father immigrated to the United States in 1911, following his older brothers.


Diane Rehm returned to Mersin to marry her mother, but found that she and her family were living in Alexandria, Egypt.


Diane Rehm brought her to the United States in 1929; family memories of how the two met vary.


Diane Rehm married John Diane Rehm, her second husband, in 1959; he was working at the State Department, where she was working as a secretary.


John Diane Rehm died June 23,2014, after he stopped eating and drinking to end his suffering from Parkinson's disease.


Diane Rehm has two adult children, David and Jennifer, and two grandchildren.


Diane Rehm began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer for WAMU's The Home Show.


In 1979, she took over as the host of WAMU's morning talk show, Kaleidoscope, which was renamed The Diane Rehm Show in 1984.


Diane Rehm has interviewed many political and cultural figures, including John McCain, Barack Obama, Madeleine Albright.


Diane Rehm has said that her most touching interview was with Fred Rogers of the PBS program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, conducted just before his death.


The first, Finding My Voice, dealt with her traditional upbringing in a Christian Arab household, her brief first marriage and divorce, her 50-year marriage to John Diane Rehm, raising her children, the first 20 years of her radio career, and her battles with depression, and spasmodic dysphonia.


Together with John Diane Rehm she co-wrote Toward Commitment: A Dialogue About Marriage, which was published in 2002.


The final broadcast of The Diane Rehm Show was aired on December 23,2016.


In 2005, a private study funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting reported that Diane Rehm booked 22 liberal guests for every 5 conservative guests.


On June 10,2015, Diane Rehm interviewed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and stated that Sanders had dual citizenship with Israel; this was not true.


Sanders denied that he holds dual citizenship, but Diane Rehm repeated her assertion of the senator's dual citizenship as a fact.


Sophia Tesfaye of Salon pointed out that Diane Rehm apparently fell for an antisemitic canard and did not successfully fact-check her information before she conducted her interview with Sanders.


Diane Rehm apologized for her exchange with Sanders in a statement released later that day.


Diane Rehm is collaborating with Joe Fab on a documentary with the same title that was scheduled to be released in 2021.