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Renée Montagne : biography

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Renée Montagne (pronounced Mon-TAIN) is an American radio journalist and the current co-host (with Steve Inskeep) of National Public Radio's weekday morning newsmagazine, Morning Edition. Montagne and Inskeep replaced longtime host Bob Edwards, initially as interim replacements in May 2004. Montagne had served as a correspondent and occasional host since 1989. She usually broadcasts from NPR West in Culver City, California, a Los Angeles suburb.

Awards and Recognition

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of South African elections

Overseas Press Club recognition for coverage of Afghanistan war

National Association of Black Journalists recognition for a reporting series on Black musicians who fought in wars during the 20th Century

Early life

Montagne was born in December 1948 in Oceanside, California, into a Marine Corps family. As is common in the lives of children of career military families, she moved a lot while growing up, including living in Hawaii and various places on the West Coast. She attended Cupertino High School and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2012. Montagne graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973 with a degree in English.


Montagne got her start in radio as news director for KPOO community radio in San Francisco while attending UC-Berkeley. She also worked for Pacific News Service in San Francisco.

From 1980 through 1986, Montagne worked in New York City as a freelance reporter and producer for both NPR and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. During this period, she covered the arts and science for NPR. From 1987 to 1989, she was co-host with Robert Siegel of NPR's evening newsmagazine, All Things Considered. In 1990, Montagne covered the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in South Africa. She remained in South Africa for three years covering South Africa. She and the NPR reporting team covered South Africa's first fully democratic elections and won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for their work.

In May 2004, Montagne and Steve Inskeep were chosen as interim co-hosts for NPR's Morning Edition replacing long-time host Bob Edwards who was reassigned as a senior correspondent. They became permanent co-hosts in December 2004.

Montagne traveled to Rome to cover the funeral of Pope John Paul II for NPR's Morning Edition in 2005. She also has traveled frequently to Afghanistan covering the war which began in 2001. She has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club for her Afghanistan reporting.

Montagne was among the news anchors who attended the traditional off-the-record luncheon held with the U.S. president in advance of Barack Obama's 2011 State of the Union Address.

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