Linda Cozby Wertheimer '65

Alumnae Achievement Awards 1985

Linda Cozby Wertheimer ’65
Radio Journalist

Linda Wertheimer is presently the senior national correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) news, a job that requires her to travel around the country and the world to report on a variety of current events. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1965 after earning a degree in English.

Before joining the NPR team, almost at its inception in 1971, Wertheimer worked for BBC news and WCBS Radio in New York. Prior to her work as congressional and national political correspondent, during which she became the first person to broadcast live from inside the United States Senate chamber, she served as the first director of All Things Considered. During her career as a political reporter, she broadcast on such topics as the Iran-Contra Affairs, for which she earned awards from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and the American Legion; the Senate’s debate on the Panama Canal Treaty, for which she received an Alfred I. duPont award from Columbia University; and over 12 presidential and congressional elections.

From 1989 until 2002, Wertheimer hosted the show All Things Considered, a post she described as the “best job at NPR.” Since taking over the show, audiences have tuned in in record numbers, making it one of the top five shows on public radio. In 1995, she published a book celebrating the 25th reunion of NPR entitled, Listening to America: Twenty-Five Years in the Life of a Nation as Heard on National Public Radio.

Her achievements have earned her recognition as one of the top 50 journalists in Washington by Washingtonian magazine and one of America’s 200 most influential women by Vanity Fair. She has also received honorary degrees from Colby College, Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Linda is married to Fredric Wertheimer, the former president of Common Cause and current president and CEO of Democracy 21, an organization for campaign finance reform.


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