Jacki Lyden

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Jacki Lyden (born 1953 or 1954[1]) is an American news reporter. She was a correspondent and host for NPR from 1979 to 2014. Since 2014, she has hosted The Seams, an occasional series about fashion and culture that airs on NPR.

Early life and education[edit]

Lyden grew up in Wisconsin.[2] She graduated from Valparaiso University and has studied at the University of Cambridge and the University of Chicago.[3]

NPR career[edit]

In 1979, Lyden joined NPR as a freelance reporter in the Chicago bureau.[4] By 1989, Lyden was stationed in London, covering The Troubles in Northern Ireland.[3] She covered the Gulf War from the Middle East.[3] Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, she continued to serve as a foreign correspondent for NPR.[3] Lyden, then living in Brooklyn, was NPR's first correspondent on the air from New York during the September 11 attacks and reported from "Ground Zero".[3] In late 2001, she served as a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan.

During a 2008 downsizing, Lyden's staff position as an All Things Considered substitute host was eliminated.[4] She continued as a contributing host and correspondent on a temporary basis from 2009 through 2014, when her contract ended.[4]

Since 2014, she hosts an NPR series on fashion called The Seams.[4] Lyden explained that The Seams aims to "give voice and legitimacy and intellectual inquiry to a lot of people [in the fashion world] who really haven't had that before ... What The Seams can do is rescue fashion from this notion of frivolity and rank consumerism."[4]

Her reporting has earned her wide applause, including two Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award awards, a Peabody Award, and a Gracie Award.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Lyden is married to Bill O'Leary, a photographer for the Washington Post.[3]

In 1999, Lyden published a memoir, Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, about growing up with a mentally ill parent.[5][6]



  1. ^ Fibich, Linda (December 1997). "A Writer with Nothing to Fear". American Journalism Review. Archived from the original on August 4, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  2. ^ Lyden 1997, p. 1.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Jacki Lyden, NPR Biography". NPR. Archived from the original on May 3, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e Kalish, Jon (October 30, 2014). "After NPR, Jacki Lyden Plans Podcast That Takes Fashion Seriously". Current. Archived from the original on 2016-06-09. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Knapp, Caroline (October 26, 1997). "A Fine Madness". Books. The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Pate, Nancy (October 11, 1998). "On Paper". Books. Star-News. Knight Ridder. p. 6D. Retrieved August 19, 2016 – via Google News Archive.

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