Host ProFile: 'I Think of Myself as Always Alongside Our Listeners.'

Oct 24, 2012
Originally published on February 27, 2013 11:55 am

My name... David Greene
NPR employee since... Valentine's Day 2005
My job at NPR... As a host and correspondent, I think of myself as always alongside our listeners – visiting places together, meeting new people, feeding our curiosities.
Public radio listener since... I was a toddler. My mother listened to oldies. My father listened to Garrison Keillor. For years, I thought those were the only sounds that came out of a radio.

The one word I always stumble over on air is... "pronunciation." I can't stop pronouncing it as "proNOUNciation."

The Newscast headline reporting the last year in my life would be... "NPR journalist returns from assignment in Moscow and amazingly holds onto wife even after subjecting her to two and a half years of Russian cold. Wife says he owes her forever. He agrees."

On Sunday morning, you'll find me... putting on a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey and getting to the bar insanely early to get a good seat for the game.

I've learned the most about radio from... a dear friend — NPR's Don Gonyea. We shared NPR's tiny booth at the White House for four years, and only once did something come between us — he found my Toby Keith CD and said I had so much to learn about country music.

I can't live without... trips to new exotic places with my wife... or evenings on the couch with her, watching old episodes of The West Wing or Friday Night Lights. (Hard to say who's more addicted.)

I always smile when... singing "The Gambler" at a karaoke bar. (The same may not go for the people listening).

I listen best when... there's not a rush. It's one thing I love about working here — we give people time to think, reflect and speak from their hearts.

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