|Born||December 1948 (age 65)
|Education||University of California, Berkeley|
|Occupation||Co-host, Morning Edition|
|Years active||1973 – present|
Renée Montagne (pronounced Mon-TAIN) is an American radio journalist and the current co-host (with Steve Inskeep) of National Public Radio's weekday morning newsmagazine, Morning Edition. Montagne and Inskeep replaced longtime host Bob Edwards, initially as interim replacements in May 2004. Montagne had served as a correspondent and occasional host since 1989. She usually broadcasts from NPR West in Culver City, California, a Los Angeles suburb.
Montagne was born in December 1948 in Oceanside, California, into a Marine Corps family. As is common in the lives of children of career military families, she moved a lot while growing up, including living in Hawaii and various places on the West Coast. She attended Cupertino High School and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2012. Montagne graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973 with a degree in English.
From 1980 through 1986, Montagne worked in New York City as a freelance reporter and producer for both NPR and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. During this period, she covered the arts and science for NPR. From 1987 to 1989, she was co-host with Robert Siegel of NPR's evening newsmagazine, All Things Considered. In 1990, Montagne covered the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in South Africa. She remained in South Africa for three years covering South Africa. She and the NPR reporting team covered South Africa's first fully democratic elections and won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for their work.
In May 2004, Montagne and Steve Inskeep were chosen as interim co-hosts for NPR's Morning Edition replacing long-time host Bob Edwards who was reassigned as a senior correspondent. They became permanent co-hosts in December 2004.
Montagne traveled to Rome to cover the funeral of Pope John Paul II for NPR's Morning Edition in 2005. She also has traveled frequently to Afghanistan covering the war which began in 2001. She has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club for her Afghanistan reporting.
Awards and Recognition
- Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of South African elections
- Overseas Press Club recognition for coverage of the Afghanistan war
- National Association of Black Journalists recognition for a reporting series on Black musicians who fought in wars during the 20th Century
- "Renee Montagne". People at NPR. NPR. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- "Not your average day job". Arizona Daily Sun. November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- "CHS Hall of Fame 2012". May 2012.
- "The Cal Alumni Association Announces the 2010 Alumnus of the Year Richard N. Goldman '41". University of California, Berkeley. December 18, 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- "All Things Considered Gets New Co-hosts". The New York Times. March 18, 1987. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- "Bob Edwards forced out of ‘Morning Edition’". MSNBC. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- "Which anchor scored the best seat at lunch with Obama?". The 1600 Report (blog). CNN. January 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- People at NPR: Renee Montagne from the NPR website
|Host of Morning Edition
2004 – present (co-host with Steve Inskeep)