Born in Logan, Utah, Quayle attended Utah State University, completing his undergraduate work in 1952. He earned a master's degree in theatre from Utah State and attended Ohio State University for further graduate work. On May 7, 2010, Quayle received an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from Utah State University in recognition of his long career of significant contributions to public broadcasting in the United States.
Quayle was named a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1968. In 1970, he became the first president of NPR. He returned to television in 1973, and in 1979, became vice president for administration at WETA. He retired in 1989.
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