Jacki Lyden (born 1953 or 1954) 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
In 1979, Lyden joined NPR as a freelance reporter in the Chicago bureau. By 1989, Lyden was stationed in London, covering The Troubles in Northern Ireland. She covered the Gulf War from the Middle East. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, she continued to serve as a foreign correspondent for NPR. 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". 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. She continued as a contributing host and correspondent on a temporary basis from 2009 through 2014, when her contract ended.
Since 2014, she hosts an NPR series on fashion called The Seams. 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."
Lyden is married to Bill O'Leary, a photographer for the Washington Post.
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