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NPR's Founding Mothers In Conversation With WFAE's Lisa Worf

WFAE's "Morning Edition" host Lisa Worf interviewed Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg and Linda Wertheimer on August 29, 2020, about their experiences as female journalists and the early days of NPR. Stamberg, Totenberg, Wertheimer and the late Cokie Roberts are often referred to as NPR's "Founding Mothers," a term Stamberg gave the group of women.

A question and answer session moderated by WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn begins at the 56-minute mark of this video.

To learn more about NPR's Founding Mothers, read Lisa Napoli's book, "Susan, Linda, Nina and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR."


Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. She is often featured in documentaries — most recently RBG — that deal with issues before the court. Read more.

Susan Stamberg is the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program, and has won every major award in broadcasting. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame. Stamberg has been on the NPR staff since the network began in 1971. In 1972, Stamberg began serving as co-host of NPR's award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered for 14 years. Read more.

Linda Wertheimer is NPR's senior national correspondent. In this role, Wertheimer travels the country and the globe for NPR News, bringing her unique insights and wealth of experience to bear on the day's top news stories. Before taking the senior national correspondent post in 2002, Wertheimer spent 13 years hosting NPR's news magazine All Things Considered. Read more.