Liane Hansen

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Liane Hansen
Born (1951-09-29) September 29, 1951 (age 68)
ResidenceBethany Beach, Delaware[1][2][3]
EducationUniversity of Hartford
Notable credit(s)
Performance Today
Weekend All Things Considered
Weekend Edition Sunday
Spouse(s)Neal Conan (1982–2011)

Liane Hansen (/lˈæn/; born September 29,[4] 1951,[5] Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American journalist and radio personality who was senior host of the National Public Radio newsmagazine Weekend Edition Sunday until her retirement in May 2011. Her experience in broadcast journalism includes working as a reporter, producer, and host for local and national programs.

Hansen's first participation in NPR programming was in 1976 when she was a production assistant and substitute host for Fresh Air. In 1979, she formally joined NPR as a production assistant for All Things Considered. She hosted Weekend All Things Considered before hosting Performance Today and guest-hosting Fresh Air. In November 1989, Hansen joined Weekend Edition Sunday.

Hansen is the daughter of Edwin Hansen[6] and Lois Hansen. The spelling of Hansen's first name came from that of Liane de Pougy (1869–1950).[5] She was married to fellow NPR host Neal Conan with whom she has a son (Connor) and daughter (Casey). In April 2011, Hansen stated publicly that she and Conan were divorcing, in a parting described as "amicable".[7]

On May 30, 2010 Hansen announced that she would retire from Weekend Edition Sunday at the end of May 2011, a time that coincided with the end of her contract with NPR and with the lease on her apartment in Washington, DC. She intended to spend her retirement on Delaware's ocean shore.[8] Her last broadcast was May 29, 2011. After retiring, Hansen moved to Bethany Beach, Delaware, and helped launch Delaware's only public radio station, WDDE, and serves on its governing board.[9]


  1. ^ Patricia V. Rivera (July 12, 2014). "NPR legend Liane Hansen's passion for the arts". The Daily Times. Retrieved January 26, 2015. It's been three years since Liane Hansen made that life-altering move from Washington D.C. to Bethany with little more than a love for the ocean and a simple philosophy.
  2. ^ Drew Ostroski (April 2013). "Interview with Liane Hansen, Former NPR Host and Current Theatre Actress". Delaware Today. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  3. ^ Christina Weaver (August 10, 2012). "Former NPR host living the dream in Bethany Beach". The Coastal Point. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Will Shortz, Liane Hansen (September 28, 2008). Keep Plugging Away. Washington, D.C.: National Public Radio. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Liane Hansen (June 28, 2009). "Frears' 'Cheri' Both Sumptuous And Dark". Weekend Edition Sunday. NPR. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
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  7. ^ Elisabeth Albeck (April 29, 2011). "Keep Calm and Carry On: An evening with Liane Hansen". ThirdCoast Digest. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  8. ^ Liane Hansen (May 30, 2010). "Dear Listeners: Liane Hansen Is Leaving". National Public Radio. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  9. ^ Patricia V. Rivera (July 12, 2014). "NPR legend Liane Hansen's passion for the arts". DelmarVANow. Retrieved June 21, 2016.