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Bob Edwards and Clarence Page


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Bob Edwards

Bob Edwards

Bob Edwards is the host of “The Bob Edwards Show” on Sirius XM Radio and “Bob Edwards Weekend,” distributed to public radio stations by Public Radio International (PRI). Both programs feature in-depth interviews with newsmakers, journalists, entertainers and other compelling figures.


Before joining Sirius XM in 2004, Edwards hosted National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Morning Edition” for 24-and-a-half years, attracting more than 13 million listeners weekly. He joined NPR in 1974 and was co-host of NPR’s evening news magazine, “All Things Considered,” until 1979 when he helped launch “Morning Edition.”


Edwards was born in Louisville, Kentucky and began his radio career there.

Following service as a broadcaster in the U.S. Army, Edwards moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked as an anchorman for WTOP-AM, an all-news CBS affiliate. At age 25, he became a correspondent with the Mutual Broadcasting System. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a master’s degree from American University in Washington.


He is the author of two books: “Fridays with Red,” which chronicled his radio friendship with legendary sportscaster Red Barber, and “Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism.”


Bob Edwards has won the duPont-Columbia Award for radio journalism, a George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio. He serves as national first vice president of AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In November of 2004, Edwards was inducted into the national Radio Hall of Fame.



Clarence Page

Clarence PageClarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary, has been a columnist and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board since July 1984. His column is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services in close to 200 papers and he does twice-weekly commentary on WGN-TV. He has been based in Washington, D.C. since May 1991.

Page is an occasional guest panelist on “The McLaughlin Group,” and has hosted documentaries on the Public Broadcasting System. He has hosted documentaries on the Public Broadcasting System and served as a regular panelist on national programs including ABC’s This Week and BET’s weekly “Lead Story” news panel program.

Page was a reporter and assistant city editor for the Chicago Tribune from 1969 to 1980. He joined WBBM-TV in August 1980 as Director of the Community Affairs Department and worked as a reporter and planning editor at the station from August 1982 to July 1984.

Page’s awards include a 1980 Illinois UPI awards for community service for an investigative series titled "The Black Tax" and the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting of a 1976 series on the changing politics of Southern Africa.

Page also participated in a 1972 Chicago Tribune Task Force series on vote fraud, which won the Pulitzer Prize. He has received public service awards from the Illinois and Wisconsin chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union for his columns educating readers on constitutional rights.

Page is on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

He received a lifetime achievement award in 2004 from the National Association of Black Journalists and was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992.

His book Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity (Harper Collins) was published in 1996. As a freelance writer, he has published articles in Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Reader, Washington Monthly, New Republic, Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday and Emerge.

A 1965 graduate of Middletown High School, Middletown, Ohio, Page was born in Dayton, Ohio. He began his journalism career as a freelance writer and photographer for the Middletown Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer at the age of 17.

He received his bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University in 1969, and delivered the commencement speech to the class of 1993. He also has received honorary doctorates from Ohio University, Columbia College in Chicago, Lake Forest College and the Chicago Theological Seminary, among others.