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Liane Hansen

Liane Hansen
Born (1951-09-29) September 29, 1951
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Bethany Beach, Delaware[1][2][3]
Education University of Hartford
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) Performance Today
Weekend All Things Considered
Weekend Edition Sunday
Spouse(s) Neal Conan (1982–2011)

Liane Hansen (; born September 29,[4] 1951,[5] Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American journalist and radio personality who was senior host of the National Public Radio newsmagazine Weekend Edition Sunday until her retirement in May 2011. Her experience in broadcast journalism includes working as a reporter, producer, and host for local and national programs.

Hansen's first participation in NPR programming was in 1976 when she was a production assistant and substitute host for Fresh Air. In 1979, she formally joined NPR as a production assistant for All Things Considered. She hosted Weekend All Things Considered before hosting Performance Today and guest-hosting Fresh Air. In November 1989, Hansen joined Weekend Edition Sunday. Hansen is the daughter of Edwin Hansen[6] and Lois Hansen. The spelling of Hansen's first name came from that of Liane de Pougy (1869–1950).[5] She was married to fellow NPR host Neal Conan with whom she has a son (Connor) and daughter (Casey). In April 2011, Hansen stated publicly that she and Conan were divorcing, in a parting described as "amicable".[7]

On May 30, 2010 Hansen announced that she would retire from Weekend Edition Sunday at the end of May 2011, a time that coincided with the end of her contract with NPR and with the lease on her apartment in Washington, D.C. She intends to spend her retirement near the ocean on Maryland's eastern shore.[8] Her last broadcast was Sunday May 29, 2011.

She appeared as Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music in Spring 2013. The production was presented by Clear Space Productions in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

References

  1. ^ Patricia V. Rivera (July 12, 2014). "NPR legend Liane Hansen’s passion for the arts".  
  2. ^ Drew Ostroski (April 2013). "Interview with Liane Hansen, Former NPR Host and Current Theatre Actress".  
  3. ^ Christina Weaver (August 10, 2012). "Former NPR host living the dream in Bethany Beach". The Coastal Point. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  4. ^  
  5. ^ a b Liane Hansen (June 28, 2009). "Frears' 'Cheri' Both Sumptuous And Dark".  
  6. ^ http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=4709630
  7. ^ Elisabeth Albeck (April 29, 2011). "Keep Calm and Carry On: An evening with Liane Hansen".  
  8. ^ Liane Hansen (May 30, 2010). "Dear Listeners: Liane Hansen Is Leaving". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  • "Liane Hansen, NPR Biography". National Public Radio. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  • "Liane Hansen and Neal Conan Go Where They've Never Gone Before". National Public Radio. November 18, 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 


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