Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: May 16, 1947 - Bob Edwards


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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Radio news journalist Robert (Bob) Edwards, son of Joseph R. and Loretta (Fuchs) Edwards, was born in Louisville on May 16, 1947. After graduating from St. Xavier High School in 1965 he entered the University of Louisville, where he received a B.S. in commerce in 1969. He began his career in news reporting before his graduation, working as the news and program director at WHEL-AM, in New Albany, Indiana, from 1968 until 1969.

Following a brief stint in the army, 1969-71, Edwards became the news anchor at WTOP-AM, Washington, D.C., in 1972 and obtained an M.A. in communications from American University the same year. Later that year, Edwards left WTOP to become a correspondent and night editor for the Multimedia Broadcasting System, stationed in Washington. In 1974 he joined National Public Radio as an associate producer; later that year he became co- host of the network's " All Things Considered" program. In 1979, he became host of the news program " Morning Edition," a position he still held in 1992.

Edwards has produced and anchored several radio documentaries, including one on Edward R. Murrow, in 1975; on Letcher County , Kentucky, in 1976; and on Appalachian writers in 1980. He has received numerous awards for his efforts in broadcasting, including the Unity Award In Media from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1983 and the Edward R. Murrow Award for public broadcasting in 1984. In 1985, the Louisville Forum granted him the Fleur-de- Lis award.

Edwards married Sharon Kelly on May 14, 1979. They have three children, Brean, Susannah, and Nora.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Edwards, Bob. A Voice in the Box : My Life in Radio. Lexington: U of Kentucky, 2011. Print.
PN1991.4.E23 A3 2011, Young Library - 5th Floor

Thurman, Tom., Robert H. Booth, Marilyn. Myers, Michael. Kelsay, Bob Edwards, and Kentucky Educational Television. Basketball in Kentucky Great Balls of Fire. Lexington, Ky.]: KET, 2002.
AV-D7721. Young Media Library

Edwards, Bob, and NetLibrary, Inc. Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2004. Print. Turning Points (John Wiley & Sons).
PN4874.M89 E38 2004, Young Library - 5th Floor

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