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Robert Charles Siegel (born June 26, 1947) is an American radio journalist. He was one of the co-hosts of the National Public Radio evening news broadcast All Things Considered from 1987 until January 2018.

Robert Siegel
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Siegel at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards, 2009
Born (1947-06-26) June 26, 1947 (age 70)
New York City, New York
Occupation Broadcast journalist
Years active 1971–2018
Known for All Things Considered


Early life and educationEdit

Siegel was born June 26, 1947 in New York City, to parents Joseph and Edith Siegel (née Joffe).[1] His father was a commercial education teacher, and his mother a secretary at Stuyvesant High School.[2] He grew up at Stuyvesant Town—Peter Cooper Village.[3] His maternal grandfather claimed to descend from rabbinical scholar Mordechai Yoffe[4] and Siegel has identified on-air as Jewish. After graduating in 1964 from Stuyvesant,[5] Siegel studied at Columbia University, graduating in 1968.[2] During this time he was an anchor for the reporting of the 1968 Columbia demonstrations at the college radio station, WKCR-FM.[2]


Siegel's first professional broadcasting job was at WGLI in Babylon, New York, where he "did morning newscasts and a show that was part phone-ins, part Top Forty, all under the pseudonym Bob Charles."[2] After a year at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism,[2] Siegel left academia for good and worked for WRVR in New York from 1971 to 1976.

Siegel was hired as a newscaster for NPR in Washington, D.C., in 1976,[2] and he has held various news and production jobs at NPR since then. In broadcasts prior to the Panama Canal Treaty debates, he was referred to as "Bob," rather than his preferred "Robert."[6] From 1979 to 1983 he was based in London, making him the first NPR staffer to be based overseas.[7] Upon his return to America, he became the director of the News and Information Department, and was responsible for overseeing production of both All Things Considered and Morning Edition, as well as the creation of Weekend Edition.[8] Since 1987, he has been a host of All Things Considered. He took a short break in 1992 to host Talk of the Nation, NPR's call-in talk show. In 2010, Siegel was presented with the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[9] Additionally, Siegel has won three Silver Batons from Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University, as well as the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award.[10]

In April 2017, Siegel announced he would end his time with All Things Considered. His last day on the program was January 5, 2018.[11]

Siegel has also made cameo appearances in several television shows, including The Simpsons,[12] Northern Exposure, BoJack Horseman[13] and the film Yesterday Was a Lie.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1973 Siegel married Jane Claudia Schwartz,[1] who works for the United States Department of Commerce; they are the parents of two daughters, Erica Anne Siegel[14] and musician Leah Siegel.[2][15]


  1. ^ a b "Siegel, Robert Charles". Who's Who in America, 1994, Volume 2. Marquis Who's Who. 1993. p. 3164. ISBN 0837901537. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mulligan, John E (May–June 2008). "Three Moments with Robert Siegel '68". Columbia College Today. 35 (5). 
  3. ^ All Things Considered (m3u). WNYC (Radio). National Public Radio. 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Epstein, Nadine (20 September 2012). "The Great DNA Experiment". Culture, Science. Moment Magazine. 
  5. ^ "Robert Siegel, NPR Biography". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  6. ^ "NPR's Robert Siegel Reflects On What It Was Like To 'Grow Up On The Air'". Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
  7. ^ "Robert Siegel". Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
  8. ^ "Robert Siegel". Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
  9. ^ "The Chancellor Award". Journalism Awards. The Journalism School of Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2010-10-23. 
  10. ^ "Robert Siegel". Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
  11. ^ Andrews-Dyer, Helena (25 April 2017). "NPR's Robert Siegel set to leave 'All Things Considered'". Washington Post. 
  12. ^ Freed, Benjamin (25 April 2017). "Robert Siegel to Leave NPR's All Things Considered in January 2018". Washingtonian. 
  13. ^ Carra, Mallory (September 14, 2017). "The 'BoJack Horseman' Season 4 Guest Stars Make Hollywood Feel Like The Real Thing". Bustle. 
  14. ^ "Erica Siegel and Mark Narron". The New York Times. 8 January 2006. 
  15. ^ All Songs Considered (12 April 2007). "Antibalas, The Besnard Lakes, Let's Go Sailing". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 

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