Noah Adams

Noah Adams is an American broadcast journalist and author, known primarily for his more than thirty years of experience on National Public Radio.

Noah Adams
Occupationjournalist, author
Years active1962–present
Notable credit(s)
All Things Considered (NPR)


A former co-host of the daily All Things Considered program, he is currently the contributing correspondent at the network's National Desk. As a bestselling author, Adams' books tend to document a full year in his life, specifically as that year relates to a particular passion or research project. Adams has also dabbled in major documentary projects, such as Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown in 1981. The program, which he wrote and narrated, earned him the Prix Italia, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and the Major Armstrong Award.

Adams was the host of the nationally syndicated Minnesota Public Radio variety show Good Evening, created in 1987 to replace A Prairie Home Companion after that show left the air. [1] Good Evening ran for less than a year before being canceled; A Prairie Home Companion returned after a several-year hiatus.

Personal lifeEdit

Adams was born in Ashland, Kentucky. He is married to Neenah Ellis, public radio producer and general manager of WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where they both make their home.[2]


  • Saint Croix Notes: River Mornings, Radio Nights (1990)—A collection of Adams' essays.
  • Noah Adams on "All Things Considered": A Radio Journal (1992; ISBN 0-393-03043-1)—Follows his work for NPR during the volatile news year of June 4, 1989 to June 4, 1990.
  • Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures (1997; ISBN 0-385-31821-9)—Documents his struggles and random musings on learning how to play the piano at age 51.
  • Far Appalachia: Following the New River North (2001; ISBN 0-385-32013-2)—Adams explores and researches the New River, in a journey from North Carolina to West Virginia.
  • The Flyers: In Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright (2003; ISBN 0-609-81032-4)—Adams narrates the history of the Wright brothers' early aviation years by visiting the sites where history had been made.


  1. ^ "'Good Evening' to Replace 'Prairie'". The Washington Post. September 7, 1987. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012.
  2. ^ Laura Dempsey (December 8, 2008). "WYSO picks NPR veteran as new GM". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved January 14, 2009.

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