Bob Edwards has made a career of being the calm choice on the radio dial. He was 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 featured in-depth interviews with newsmakers, journalists, entertainers and other compelling figures.
Before joining Sirius XM, Edwards hosted "Morning Edition" on National Public Radio (NPR) 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 three books: a memoir titled A Voice In The Box: My Life In Radio; 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.