W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award

NPF Award Winner: W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award - Robert Siegel

Robert Siegel 2013


Robert Siegel is senior host of NPR’s award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered . With 40 years of experience working in radio news, Siegel is still at it hosting the country’s most-listened-to, afternoon-drive-time news radio program and reporting on stories and happenings all over the globe. As a host, Siegel has reported from a variety of locations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

Siegel joined NPR in December 1976 as a newscaster and became an editor the following year. In 1979, Siegel became NPR’s first staffer based overseas when he was chosen to open NPR’s London bureau, where he worked as senior editor until 1983. After London, Siegel served for four years as director of the News and Information Department, overseeing production of NPR’s newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition , as well as special events and other news programming. During his tenure, NPR launched its popular Saturday and Sunday newsmagazine Weekend Edition .

Before coming to NPR, Siegel worked for WRVR Radio in New York City as a reporter, host and news director. He was part of the WRVR team honored with an Armstrong Award for the series, “Rockefeller’s Drug Law.” Prior to WRVR, he was morning news reporter and telephone talk show host for WGLI Radio in Babylon, New York.

In 2010, Siegel was recognized by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with the John Chancellor Award. Siegel has been honored with three Silver Batons from Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University, either singly or as part of an NPR team. The American Bar Association in 1997 awarded him a Silver Gavel Award for the two-part documentary, “Murder, Punishment, and Parole in Alabama” and he received the National Mental Health Association’s 1991 award for his interviews conducted on the streets of New York in an All Things Considered story, “The Mentally Ill Homeless.”

A graduate of New York’s Stuyvesant High School and Columbia University, Siegel began his career in radio at Columbia’s radio station, WKCR-FM. As a student he anchored coverage of the 1968 Columbia demonstrations and contributed to the work that earned the station an award from the Writers Guild of America East. Siegel is the editor of The NPR Interviews 1994, The NPR Interviews 1995 and The NPR Interviews 1996 , compilations of NPR’s most popular radio conversations from each year.

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