Robert Siegel

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.

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, first in 1984 for All Things Considered's coverage of peace movements in East and West Germany. He shared in NPR's 1996 Silver Baton Award for "The Changing of the Guard: The Republican Revolution," for coverage of the first 100 days of the 104th Congress. He was part of the NPR team that won a Silver Baton for the network's coverage of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province, China.

Other awards Siegel has earned include a 1997 American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award for the two-part documentary, "Murder, Punishment, and Parole in Alabama" and the National Mental Health Association's 1991 Mental Health Award for his interviews conducted on the streets of New York in an All Things Considered story, "The Mentally Ill Homeless."

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.

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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Politics
4:59 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

In New Hampshire, Two Different Tales Of Scott Brown's State Jump

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 7:41 pm

The very close U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire could come down to where Republican challenger Scott Brown is from. While detractors say the former Massachusetts senator crossed the state line in search of a Senate seat, an unusually large number of New Hampshire voters are originally from out of state themselves.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Calderon: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Create Carbon Tax

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 1:38 pm

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon leads a group to encourage heads of state to propel climate change. He discusses the obstacles that block aggressive efforts to curb climate change.

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Middle East
5:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

What's Turkey's Next Step In Fight Against ISIS?

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:40 pm

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National Security
9:25 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Court Documents Show How NSA Leaned On Yahoo, How Yahoo Fought Back

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 9:00 am

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Sports
4:24 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Former FBI Director To Investigate NFL's Handling Of Ray Rice Case

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:54 pm

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Politics
4:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

President Obama To Outline Strategy For Confronting ISIS

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 6:29 pm

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Politics
4:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

A New Brand Of Paul Gains Support In Iowa

Sen. Rand Paul meets with local Republicans in Hiawatha, Iowa. He's made three trips to the state this year.
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Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 1:43 pm

It's still more than 15 months until the Iowa caucuses, and no one in the crowded field of Republicans with presidential ambitions has announced. But things are already happening in Iowa, especially for Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Paul has reached out to Iowans who never considered voting for his father, Ron Paul, who made a respectable third-place showing there in 2012.

He's still popular with his father's old supporters. Many of them are in the so-called liberty faction of the Iowa GOP.

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Politics
4:16 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Back In Session, Congress Faces Budget Bill, ISIS Threat

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 6:39 pm

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Iraq
4:09 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Sunni Moderates May Be Key To Turning Back ISIS Extremists

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 7:29 pm

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Middle East
4:45 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Long-Term Cease-Fire Brings Halt To Fighting In Gaza

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 8:07 pm

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Media
4:06 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

In Plagiarism And Lost Posts, BuzzFeed's Strained Journalistic Evolution

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 7:53 pm

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Law
8:02 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Texas Gov. Rick Perry On Charges Of Abusing Power

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:12 pm

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From Our Listeners
4:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Letters: A Paper Route Ride Along And Comforting Words From An IT Man

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 9:14 pm

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Research News
5:20 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

In 'Um' Or 'Uh,' A Few Clues To What We're Saying — And Who's Saying It

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 11:11 am

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When we're searching for the right word to say, or we don't know what to say or how to say something, this happens.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: Um - uh...

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Iraq
4:09 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

U.S. Response In Iraq: From Emergency Solution To Slate Of Paths Forward

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 9:45 pm

The U.S. has begun airlifting humanitarian aid and conducting limited airstrikes in the attempt to protect Iraq's refugee populations of religious minorities. NPR's Tom Bowman talks with Robert Siegel about the possible policy options for the U.S. in Iraq.

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Remembrances
8:18 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Robin Williams, A Stand-up Act — On Stage, On Set And In Life

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 9:18 pm

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Remembrances
8:06 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Robin Williams, Comedic Master And Oscar Winner, Dies At 63

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 10:07 pm

Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. Williams is remembered for his roles in TV and film — including a radio DJ in Good Morning Vietnam, an inspiring teacher in Dead Poet's Society and his Oscar-winning turn as a therapist in Good Will Hunting. Entertainment reporter Steve Zeitchik discusses Williams' legacy.

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From Our Listeners
4:28 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Confusion With A Chance Of Clarity: Your Weather Questions, Answered

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:36 pm

Many listeners and readers felt a concise explanation of "a 20 percent chance of rain" was missing from this story about weather forecasts and probability, so we followed up with two meteorologists.

From meterologist Eli Jacks, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service:

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Risk And Reason
4:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

In Facing National Security Dilemmas, CIA Puts Probabilities Into Words

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:36 pm

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Shots - Health News
5:06 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits

Brian Zikmund-Fisher with his wife, Naomi, and daughter, Eve, in 1999, after he had a bone marrow transplant. He says he made the decision to have the treatment based on factors he couldn't quantify.
Courtesy of Brian Zikmund-Fisher

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 2:44 pm

How well do we understand and act on probabilities that something will happen? A 30 percent chance of this or an 80 percent chance of that?

As it turns out, making decisions based on the odds can be an extremely difficult thing to do, even for people who study the science of how we make decisions.

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