22 Facts About Terry Gross


Terry Gross has won praise over the years for her low-key and friendly yet often probing interview style and for the diversity of her guests.

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Terry Gross's has a reputation for researching her guests' work largely the night before an interview, often asking them unexpected questions about their early careers.

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Terry Gross was born in Brooklyn, and grew up in its Sheepshead Bay neighborhood, the second child of Anne, a stenographer, and Irving Gross, who worked in a family millinery business, where he sold fabric to milliners.

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Terry Gross's grew up in a Jewish family, and all her grandparents were immigrants, her father's parents from Tarnow, Poland and her mother's from the Russian Empire.

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Terry Gross's said that her family lived in an apartment near Senior's Restaurant, a local landmark.

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When she was young, people would often ask where Terry Gross came from, assuming that her lack of a heavy Brooklyn accent meant she grew up elsewhere.

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Terry Gross's has an older brother, Leon J Gross, who works as a psychometric consultant.

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Terry Gross's earned a bachelor's degree in English and a Master of Education degree in communications from the University at Buffalo.

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Terry Gross's took a year off from school to hitchhike across the country.

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In 1972, Terry Gross started teaching 8th grade at an inner-city public junior high school in Buffalo.

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Terry Gross's said she was ill-equipped for the job, especially at establishing discipline, and was fired after only six weeks.

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Terry Gross began her radio career in 1973 at WBFO, an NPR CPB-funded college station, then broadcasting from the Main Street Campus of the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, where she started out as a volunteer on a show called Woman Power, then co-hosted This is Radio.

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Terry Gross typically conducts the interviews from the WHYY-FM studios in Philadelphia, with her subject at the studio of a local NPR affiliate convenient to them connected via telephone or satellite feed.

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Terry Gross creates a daily show that is an hour long, usually includes two interviews, and is distributed to over 190 NPR stations.

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Many of the producers and staff on Terry Gross's show have been with her since the late 1970s to 1980s.

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Terry Gross said that when she first started working in radio, her voice was much higher with anxiety.

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Terry Gross appeared as a guest-voice on The Simpsons as herself, in the episode "The Debarted".

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In January 2020, Terry Gross appeared on the PBS program Finding Your Roots, in which she explored her Jewish heritage.

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In 2020, Terry Gross appeared as a fictionalized version of herself in the audiobook version of the Max Brooks novel Devolution.

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Terry Gross said she dropped out of college in her sophomore year to hitchhike with him across the country before they were married.

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Terry Gross's obtained a divorce by the time she started her radio career in 1973.

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Terry Gross has been married to Francis Davis, a former jazz critic for The Village Voice, since 1994.

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