Robert Siegel

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Robert Siegel is an American radio journalist best known as host of the National Public Radio evening news broadcast All Things Considered.

Career[edit]

Siegel's first professional broadcasting job was at WGLI in Babylon, New York, where he "did morning newscasts and a show that was part phone-ins, part Top Forty, all under the pseudonym Bob Charles."[1] After a year at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism,[1] Siegel left academia for good and worked for WRVR in New York from 1971 to 1976.

Siegel was hired as a newscaster for NPR in Washington, D.C., in 1976,[1] and he has held various news and production jobs at NPR since then. Since 1987, he has been a host of All Things Considered. He took a short break in 1992 to host Talk of the Nation, NPR's call-in talk show.

In 2009, Siegel appeared in director James Kerwin's scifi noir film Yesterday Was a Lie.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, Siegel was presented with Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism by the Journalism School of Columbia University.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Siegel grew up in Stuyvesant Town—Peter Cooper Village, in New York City.[3] He is the son of Joseph, a commercial education teacher, and Edith, a secretary at Stuyvesant High School.[1] His maternal grandfather claimed to descend from rabbinical scholar Mordechai Yoffe [4] and Siegel has identified on-air as Jewish. After graduating in 1964 from Stuyvesant,[5] Siegel studied at Columbia University, graduating in 1968.[1] During this time he was an anchor for the reporting of the 1968 Columbia demonstrations at the college radio station, WKCR-FM.[1]

Siegel is married to Jane Siegel, who works for the United States Department of Commerce; they are the parents of two daughters, Erica Anne Siegel[6] and musician Leah Siegel.[1][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Mulligan, John E (May/June 2008). "Three Moments with Robert Siegel '68". Columbia College Today 35 (5). 
  2. ^ "The Chancellor Award". Journalism Awards. The Journalism School of Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2010-10-23. 
  3. ^ "All Things Considered" (m3u). WNYC (Radio) (National Public Radio). 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Epstein, Nadine (20 September 2012). "The Great DNA Experiment". Culture, Science. Moment Magazine. 
  5. ^ "Robert Siegel, NPR Biography". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  6. ^ "Erica Siegel and Mark Narron". The New York Times. 8 January 2006. 
  7. ^ All Songs Considered (12 April 2007). "Antibalas, The Besnard Lakes, Let's Go Sailing". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2011-06-16.