Neal Conan

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Neal Conan
Neal Conan 2012.jpg
Conan at the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition
BornNovember 1949 (age 70)[1]
Notable credit(s)
All Things Considered
Talk of the Nation
Spouse(s)Liane Hansen (1982–2011)

Neal Conan (born November[2] 1949[3][1]) is an American radio journalist, producer, editor, and correspondent. He worked for National Public Radio for over 36 years[1] and was the senior host of its talk show Talk of the Nation.[3] 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.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Conan was born in Beirut, Lebanon.[3]


During the 1991 Gulf War, the Iraqi Republican Guard detained Conan for a week.[5][1] He and Chris Hedges of The New York Times were reporting on a Shia rebellion centered in Basra, Iraq.[6]

On March 29, 2013, NPR announced that it was ending the 12-year run of Talk of the Nation, stating that Conan would "step away from the rigors of daily journalism."[7] On February 12, 2014, an interview aired on KUAZ 89.1, Tucson, Arizona's NPR affiliate,[8] 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.[9]

On June 8, 2014, Conan joined Hawaii Public Radio as a news analyst.[1]

In January 2017, Conan launched a new radio show and podcast, Truth, Politics, and Power, focused on the Trump administration. Each week, Conan interviews experts in depth about a different issue arising from the 2016 election and the President's administration. The radio show is distributed by PRX.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

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.[12] Hansen revealed in April 2011 that she and Conan were divorcing.[13]

He resides in Hāwī on Hawaiʻi Island, where he farms macadamia nuts.[1]

Neal Conan is a friend of comics writer Chris Claremont. As a result, he has been featured sporadically in Claremont scripted comic books at both Marvel and DC Comics as a sympathetic journalist over the years. Conan is featured as a minor character in the 1988 Marvel Comics X-Men storyline The Fall of the Mutants,[14][non-primary source needed] [15]


During his time at All Things Considered, it won many awards as well, including the Washington Journalism Review's Best in the Business Award.[3]


  • 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. ^ a b c d e f g "Acclaimed Former NPR Journalist Neal Conan Joins HPR as News Analyst". Hawai'i Public Radio. 2014. Archived from the original on June 23, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Conan, Neal (October 1, 2009). "A Hallmark Writer's 'House Of Cards'". Talk of the Nation (Interview: audio/transcript). Interviewed by David Ellis Dickerson. NPR. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Neal Conan, NPR Biography". NPR. 2008. Archived from the original on April 18, 2008. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  4. ^ "NPR To Discontinue 'Talk of the Nation'". NPR. 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  5. ^ Schmitt, Eric (March 6, 1991). "After the War: Journalists; 26 Journalists Are Reported Missing on Road to Basra". The New York Times. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  6. ^ Conan, Neal (March 23, 2003). "Gulf War Flashback March 1991: NPR's Neal Conan describes being held captive by Iraqi soldiers". NPR. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Stelter, Brian (March 29, 2013). "NPR to end Talk of the Nation". The New York Times. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Kelly, Andrea (February 12, 2014). "Neal Conan Talks Poverty, Media Now, Next Move". Arizona Public Media. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  9. ^ Conan, Neal (February 12, 2014). "Neal Conan Q&A". Arizona Public Media. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "Truth, Politics and Power". Facebook. Retrieved April 25, 2017.[non-primary source needed]
  11. ^ "About Truth, Politics and Power". Truth, Politics and Power. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "Liane Hansen and Neal Conan Go Where They've Never Gone Before". NPR. November 18, 2005. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  13. ^ Albeck, Elisabeth (April 29, 2011). "Keep Calm and Carry On: An evening with Liane Hansen". ThirdCoast Digest. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  14. ^ Uncanny X-Men #226–227 (Marvel Comics, Feb.–Mar. 1988).
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