Conan at the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition
November 1949 (age 68)|
All Things Considered|
Talk of the Nation
|Spouse(s)||Liane Hansen (1982–2011)|
Neal Conan (born November 1949) is an American radio journalist, producer, editor, and correspondent. He worked for National Public Radio for over 36 years and was the senior host of its talk show Talk of the Nation. 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.
Early life and education
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." 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.
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.
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. Hansen revealed in April 2011 that she and Conan were divorcing.
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,[non-primary source needed]
- Major Armstrong Award
- 3 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards
- George Foster Peabody Award
- 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.
- "Acclaimed Former NPR Journalist Neal Conan Joins HPR as News Analyst". hawaiipublicradio.org. Hawai'i Public Radio. 2014. Archived from the original on June 23, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
- Conan, Neal (1 October 2009). "A Hallmark Writer's 'House Of Cards'". Talk of the Nation (Interview: audio/transcript). Interviewed by David Ellis Dickerson. NPR. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
- "Neal Conan, NPR Biography". National Public Radio. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
- "NPR To Discontinue 'Talk Of The Nation'". National Public Radio. 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
- Schmitt, Eric (6 March 1991). "After the War: Journalists; 26 Journalists Are Reported Missing on Road to Basra". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
- Conan, Neal (23 March 2003). "Gulf War Flashback March 1991: NPR's Neal Conan describes being held captive by Iraqi soldiers". NPR. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- Stelter, Brian (29 March 2013). "NPR to end Talk of the Nation". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- Kelly, Andrea (February 12, 2014). "Neal Conan Talks Poverty, Media Now, Next Move". AZPM.org. Arizona Public Media. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
- Conan, Neal (February 12, 2014). "Neal Conan Q&A". AZPM.org. Arizona Public Media. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
- "Truth, Politics and Power". Facebook. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- "About Truth, Politics and Power". Truth, Politics and Power. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- "Liane Hansen and Neal Conan Go Where They've Never Gone Before". National Public Radio. 18 November 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
- Albeck, Elisabeth (April 29, 2011). "Keep Calm and Carry On: An evening with Liane Hansen". ThirdCoast Digest. Retrieved 2011-04-30.
- Uncanny X-Men #226–227 (Marvel Comics, Feb.–Mar. 1988).