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Bob Edwards, Longtime NPR Host, Dies at 76

Bob Edwards, Longtime NPR Host, Dies at 76

Bob Edwards, the renowned NPR host and broadcasting legend, passed away this past Saturday at the age of 76. His wife, Windsor Johnston, an NPR reporter, announced the passing of her husband in a heartfelt Facebook post.

“Bob Edwards understood the intimate and distinctly personal connection with audiences that distinguishes audio journalism from other mediums, and for decades he was a trusted voice in the lives of millions of public radio listeners,” NPR CEO John Lansing said in a statement. “Staff at NPR and all across the Network, along with those millions of listeners, will remember Bob Edwards with gratitude.”

Edwards embarked on a remarkable thirty-year journey with NPR, starting in 1974 when the network was beginning to take shape. Initially, he co-hosted “All Things Considered,” NPR’s evening show, before taking the helm of “Morning Edition” as its first-ever host in 1979. He held the hosting position until 2004, leaving an indelible mark on the program’s legacy.

Bob Edwards Eventually Left NPR for SiriusXM

Hailing from Kentucky, Edwards embarked on his journalism journey at a radio station in New Albany, Indiana, while he was completing his senior year in college, as per the University of Louisville, his alma mater. Following his graduation, he answered the call of duty and joined the US Army, where he continued to host and produce programs for the American Forces Korea Network.

Throughout his illustrious career, Edwards garnered numerous prestigious accolades. These included the esteemed 1984 Edward R. Murrow Award presented by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, two Gabriel Awards bestowed by the National Catholic Association of Broadcasters, the esteemed Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Award, and a distinguished Peabody Award.

He initially expressed his intention to stay at NPR for a considerable period. However, Bob Edwards ultimately departed for satellite radio SiriusXM. There, he hosted The Bob Edwards Show until 2014. In that same year, his contributions to the radio industry were recognized as he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

Edwards wrote three books that captured different aspects of his remarkable career. Fridays with Red delved into his friendship with the renowned sportscaster Red Barber. In Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism, he chronicled the history of this broadcasting pioneer. Lastly, A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio provided a memoir of his journey in radio journalism.