Susan Stamberg


Susan Stamberg (born September 7, 1938) is an American radio journalist. Stamberg was co-host of NPR's flagship program All Things Considered from 1972. In that role Stamberg was the first female host of a national news broadcast.[1] She's considered one of NPR's "Founding Mothers"[2] along with Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer and the late Cokie Roberts. After nearly 50 years at the network, Stamberg is a Special Correspondent and her reports appear weekly on NPR's Morning Edition.

Susan Stamberg
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Stamberg at the Third Coast Audio Festival in October 21, 2005
Susan Levitt

(1938-09-07) September 7, 1938 (age 84)
EducationBarnard College (BA)
SpouseLouis C. Stamberg
ChildrenJosh Stamberg
NetworkNational Public Radio
CountryUnited States

Early lifeEdit

Susan Stamberg was born Susan Levitt in Newark, New Jersey.[3] She graduated Barnard College in 1959.


For 14 years, beginning in 1972, Stamberg served as co-host of All Things Considered, the evening news magazine. She was the first woman to hold a full-time position as anchor of a national nightly news broadcast in the United States. She was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award (CPB). She was the host of Weekend Edition Sunday from 1987 to 1989. In 1994, Stamberg was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. In 1996, she was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.[4] For her contributions to radio Stamberg was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, March 3, 2020.[5]

Stamberg interviewed Fred Rogers several times as host of All Things Considered. In the 1980s Stamberg and Rogers recorded several television specials.[6]

Each Thanksgiving since 1971, Stamberg provides NPR listeners with her mother-in-law's recipe for a cranberry relish sauce that is unusual in having horseradish as one of its principal ingredients. Each year Stamberg comes up with a new way to present the recipe in a new way, notably sharing the dish with rapper Coolio in 2010.[7][8] The recipe is known as Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Recipe, although it was originally published in 1959 by Craig Claiborne in his food column.[9]

One of her most memorable interviews was with Nobel Prize–winning economist Milton Friedman. Stamberg argued with Friedman over the merits of the free market, claiming her conversations with "Russian cabbies" on the streets of New York had shown that the expatriates preferred life in the former Communist country to "how dreadfully tough their lives are here (the United States)." Friedman dismissed Stamberg's observation, contending, "I'm saying if you really want to know what they really believe about the relative merits of the two systems, see what they do, not what they say. And what they do is to stay here. They don't go back."[10]

Stamberg was also the first host of the long-running PBS arts series Alive from Off Center, hosting from 1985 to 1986.

Personal lifeEdit

Stamberg was married to Louis C. Stamberg, who died on October 9, 2007. During a career with the Agency for International Development Louis Stamberg worked as a program officer and spent more than two years at the USAID mission in New Delhi.[11] Stamberg is the mother of actor Josh Stamberg. She is Jewish.[12] She is a cousin to All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Janssen, Mike. "'Made Possible By…' #4: NPR 'Founding Mother' Susan Stamberg". Current. Retrieved 2020-08-02.
  2. ^ "Free Expression Awards | Freedom Forum Institute". Retrieved 2020-08-02.
  3. ^ The biographical encyclopedia of American radio. Sterling, Christopher H., 1943-, O'Dell, Cary, 1968-, Keith, Michael C., 1945- (Concise and rev. ed.). New York: Routledge. 2011. pp. 359–361. ISBN 9780415995498. OCLC 528397631.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Stamberg urges hard news after 9/11". The Wisconsin Journalist. School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin–Madison. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "Susan Stamberg". Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2020-03-16. Retrieved 2020-08-02.
  6. ^ "Mister Rogers & Me: A Deep & Simple Documentary Film". Retrieved 2020-08-02.
  7. ^ "Coolio Samples Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish". Retrieved 2020-08-02.
  8. ^ "Susan Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Tradition". Retrieved 2020-08-02.
  9. ^ Stamberg, Susan (November 23, 2006). "Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Recipe" Archived November 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. National Public Radio.
  10. ^ Chadwick, Alex; Scott, Amy. (November 16, 2006). "Nobel-Winning Economist Milton Friedman Dies" Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. National Public Radio.
  11. ^ Sullivan, Patricia (October 10, 2007) "Obituaries". The Washington Post. p. B8.
  12. ^ Susan Stamberg, Jewish Women's Archive.
  13. ^ "Obama To Graduates: Listen To Opposing Views". Retrieved 2020-08-02.

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