The world of journalism mourns the loss of veteran broadcaster Bob Edwards, a beloved figure whose voice became synonymous with National Public Radio (NPR) for millions of listeners. Edwards, who passed away at the age of 76, was an integral part of NPR’s history, shaping the landscape of radio journalism for over two decades.
Joining NPR as a newscaster in 1974, Edwards quickly rose to prominence as the voice that NPR listeners started their day with for 24 and a half years as the host of “Morning Edition.” His contributions to the program helped establish NPR as a trusted source of news and information, earning him the respect and admiration of audiences nationwide.
Edwards’ wife, NPR anchor Windsor Johnston, shared the news of his passing, revealing that he passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side. She described how he smiled as they played well wishes and messages of healing from fans and colleagues, highlighting the profound impact he had on so many lives.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Edwards began his broadcasting career as a newscaster for a local Indiana station before joining NPR. Over the years, he received numerous awards for his work, including two Gabriel Awards, the Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Award, and a Peabody Award. In 2004, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the field of radio journalism.
Despite being ousted as the host of “Morning Edition” in 2004, Edwards continued to make significant contributions to the world of broadcasting. He launched “The Bob Edwards Show” on XM Satellite Radio and later hosted the podcast “Take On Today” by AARP. Additionally, he authored three books, further solidifying his legacy as a respected journalist and storyteller.
Johnston remembered her husband as a “behemoth” in the world of broadcasting, praising his attention to detail and his unwavering commitment to excellence. She spoke of their deep love and partnership, reflecting on the profound impact he had on her life and the lives of countless others.
As the world mourns the loss of Bob Edwards, his legacy as a pioneering journalist and broadcasting icon will continue to inspire future generations of journalists and storytellers. Rest in peace, Bob Edwards. Your voice will be deeply missed, but your impact will be felt for years to come.