Over more than thirty five years with National Public Radio, Neal Conan served as a reporter, editor, producer, news executive and, for eleven and a half years, as host of "Talk of the Nation." His positions included stints as Bureau Chief in New York and London; he was, at various times, editor, producer and Executive Producer of "All Things Considered," and, in a temporary capacity, Foreign Editor, Managing Editor, and News Director.
His work has been recognized with Peabody, Armstrong and DuPont-Columbia Awards, among others, for coverage of the Iran-Iraq War and the conflict in Northern Ireland and as part of the teams responsible for live coverage of 9/11, and the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He anchored NPR's live coverage of major party political conventions, confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominees, and a presidential impeachment.
On a leave of absence in 2000, he worked as the play-by-play announcer of the Aberdeen Arsenal, a team in the independent Atlantic League and wrote a book about his experiences: "Play by Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League."
Please join Neal and Ben in a lively discussion about the past, present and future of public radio followed by an audience Q and A.