Neal Conan

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Neal Conan
Neal Conan 2012.jpg
Conan at the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition
Born November 1949 (age 67)
Beirut, Lebanon
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) All Things Considered
Talk of the Nation
Spouse(s) Liane Hansen (1982–2011)

Neal Conan (born November 1949 in Beirut, Lebanon)[1] is an American radio journalist, producer, editor, and correspondent who was the senior host of the National Public Radio talk show Talk of the Nation.[2] Conan hosted Talk of the Nation from 2001 to June 27, 2013, when the program was discontinued. NPR announced that Conan would depart the network at that time.[3]

During the 1991 Gulf War the Iraqi Republican Guard detained Conan for a week.[4] He and Chris Hedges of The New York Times were reporting on a Shia rebellion centered in Basra, Iraq.[5]

A friend of comics writer Chris Claremont, Conan was featured as a minor character in the 1988 Marvel Comics X-Men crossover series Fall of the Mutants,[6][non-primary source needed] and has been featured sporadically in Claremont scripted comic books at both Marvel and DC Comics as a sympathetic journalist over the years.

Conan is domestically partnered with American travel writer, poet, and essayist, Gretel Ehrlich. Conan was married to Liane Hansen, former host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. They have a son and a daughter. Hansen briefly co-hosted Talk of the Nation with Conan.[7] Hansen revealed in April 2011 that she and Conan were divorcing.[8]

On March 29, 2013, NPR announced that it was ending the 21-year run of Talk of the Nation and stated that Conan would "step away from the rigors of daily journalism."[9]

On February 12, 2014, an interview aired on KUAZ 89.1, Tucson, Arizona's NPR affiliate, where Conan explained that ending Talk of the Nation was not a decision he was involved in or agreed with, citing its status as one of NPR's most popular shows.[10]

On June 8, 2014, Conan joined Hawaii Public Radio as a regular contributor. He currently resides in Hāwī on Hawaiʻi Island, where he farms macadamia nuts.[11]


  • Conan, Neal (2002). Play by Play: Baseball, Radio, and Life in the Last Chance League (First ed.). New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 0-609-60871-1. 


  1. ^ David Ellis Dickerson (1 October 2009). "A Hallmark Writer's 'House Of Cards'". Talk of the Nation (Interview: audio/transcript). Interview with Neal Conan. NPR. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Neal Conan, NPR Biography". National Public Radio. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  3. ^ "NPR To Discontinue 'Talk Of The Nation'". National Public Radio. 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  4. ^ Eric Schmitt (6 March 1991). "After the War: Journalists; 26 Journalists Are Reported Missing on Road to Basra". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  5. ^ Neal Conan (23 March 2003). "Gulf War Flashback March 1991: NPR's Neal Conan describes being held captive by Iraqi soldiers.". NPR. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Uncanny X-Men #226–227 (Marvel Comics, Feb.–Mar. 1988).
  7. ^ "Liane Hansen and Neal Conan Go Where They've Never Gone Before". National Public Radio. 18 November 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  8. ^ Elisabeth Albeck (April 29, 2011). "Keep Calm and Carry On: An evening with Liane Hansen". ThirdCoast Digest. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 
  9. ^ Brian Stelter (29 March 2013). "NPR to end Talk of the Nation,". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Kelly, Andrea. "Neal Conan Talks Poverty, Media Now, Next Move". 
  11. ^ "Acclaimed Former NPR Journalist Neal Conan Joins HPR as News Analyst". Hawaii Public Radio. 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 

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