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Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
(/ˈriːm/; born Diane Aed; September 21,[1] 1936) is a former American public radio talk show host. Her program, The Diane Rehm Show, was distributed nationally and internationally by National Public Radio. The show was produced at WAMU, which is licensed to American University
American University
in Washington, D.C. Rehm had announced her plans to retire from hosting the show after the 2016
2016
elections. The final program was recorded and distributed on December 23, 2016.[2][3] Rehm announced she was going to host a weekly podcast, which she began doing in January 2017.[4] A new program produced by WAMU, titled 1A, will play in the vacated timeslot.[5] The Washington Post
The Washington Post
describes Rehm as a leading voice in the right to die debate.[6]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Personal life 3 Career 4 Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
report 5 Documentaries 6 Controversies

6.1 2015 Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
interview 6.2 Right-to-die advocacy

7 Honors and awards 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Rehm was born in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
According to Rehm's autobiography, Finding My Voice, her father's family were Eastern Orthodox
Eastern Orthodox
Christians from Ottoman Mersin, a city on the southern coast of Anatolia. According to Rehm, the family were Arabs, and her mother was an educated woman who was fluent in both French and Arabic. Rehm's father immigrated to America in 1911, following his older brothers. He returned to Mersin to marry her mother, but found that she and her family were living in Alexandria, Egypt. He brought her to America in 1929; family memories of how the two met vary.[7] In a 2012 interview in The Washingtonian, she describes her father as coming from Beirut, Lebanon.[8] Rehm attended William B. Powell Elementary and Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C.[1] Upon graduation, she was employed by the city's highways department, where she became a radio dispatcher.[citation needed] She never attended college. Personal life[edit] Rehm married John Rehm, her second husband, in 1959; he was working at the State Department, she was working as a secretary.[6] John Rehm died June 23, 2014 after he stopped eating and drinking to end his suffering from Parkinson's disease.[9] After his death, Rehm became a staunch advocate for medical aid in dying, arguing that no one should suffer needlessly in the way that her husband did.[10][11] She has two adult children, David and Jennifer.[12]On October 14, 2017 Diane Rehm and John Hagedorn were married at the Washington National Cathedral. Rehm has spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological condition that affects the quality of her voice.[1] Career[edit] Rehm began her radio career in 1973[12] as a volunteer for WAMU's The Home Show. In 1979, she took over as the host of WAMU's morning talk show, Kaleidoscope, which was renamed The Diane Rehm Show
The Diane Rehm Show
in 1984. Rehm has interviewed many political and cultural figures, including John McCain, Barack Obama, Madeleine Albright. She has said that her most touching interview was with Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers
of the PBS
PBS
program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, conducted just before his death.[12] Rehm has described her interviews with Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
and Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
to have been "amazing experiences."[13] She has written three autobiographical books. The first, Finding My Voice, dealt with her traditional upbringing in a Christian Arab household, her brief first marriage and divorce, her 50-year marriage to John Rehm, raising her children, the first 20 years of her radio career, and her battles with depression, osteoporosis, and spasmodic dysphonia.[14] Together with John Rehm she co-wrote Toward Commitment: A Dialogue about Marriage, which was published in 2002. Her memoir, On My Own,[15][16][17] was published by Alfred A. Knopf
Alfred A. Knopf
in 2016.[18] The final broadcast of The Diane Rehm Show
The Diane Rehm Show
was aired on December 23, 2016.[19] Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
report[edit] In 2005, a private study funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting reported that Rehm booked 22 liberal guests for every 5 conservative guests. The study was criticized as a politicized attempt to, in Rehm's word, "scare" journalists with the accusation of liberal bias. One criticism of the study concerned its criteria of what constituted "liberal" – a category which included seemingly moderate Republicans such as Senator Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel
and former Representative Bob Barr.[20] The study was commissioned by Kenneth Tomlinson, whose appointment to the chairmanship of the CPB by George W. Bush had been criticized by liberals as politically motivated. Tomlinson hired Indiana consultant Frederick W. Mann, a conservative thinker previously associated with the Young America's Foundation, which has described itself as "the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement".[21] A report on the study by the CPB's Inspector General, Kenneth Konz, criticized Tomlinson's methods; the report led to Tomlinson's immediate resignation in November 2005.[22] According to the Washington Post, Rehm personally "called Mann's findings 'unprofessional and simplistic.' [and] added 'I've been booking shows for 25 years. I don't think they have any idea what it takes to achieve the professionalism and expertise and the right people to express a variety of points of view. . . . What [Kenneth Tomlinson]'s doing, I think, is trying to scare public broadcasters.' "[20] Documentaries[edit] Rehm has been featured in three political movie documentaries: Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains, I.O.U.S.A.,[23] and Dinesh D'Souza's 2016: Obama's America which used her quote, "And then you've got the cover of Forbes
Forbes
magazine, a cover story by Dinesh D'Souza. I think nothing has turned my stomach so much in recent years as reading that piece."[24] Controversies[edit] 2015 Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
interview[edit] On June 10, 2015, Rehm interviewed 2016
2016
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and stated that Sanders had dual citizenship with Israel; this was not true.[25][26][27][28] Sanders denied that he holds dual citizenship, but Rehm repeated her assertion of the senator's dual citizenship as a fact.[26][27] Rehm's statements were criticized by David Harsanyi in The Federalist for being an anti-Semitic smear.[25] Sophia Tesfaye of Salon pointed out that Rehm apparently fell for an antisemitic canard and did not successfully fact-check her information before she conducted her interview with Sanders.[27] In The Times of Israel, Gedalyah Reback stated that the interview was controversial because Rehm seemed to have accused a Jewish U.S. presidential candidate of maintaining secret Israeli citizenship.[28] Rehm apologized for her exchange with Sanders in a statement released later that day. "On today's show I made a mistake. Rather than asking if Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
whether he had dual U.S./Israeli citizenship, as I had read in a comment on Facebook, I stated it as fact. I want to apologize as well to all our listeners for having made an erroneous statement. I am sorry for the mistake. However, I am glad to play a role in putting this rumor to rest."[29] Journalist Josh Marshall called her apology "a total crock."[30] Law professor David Bernstein found it strange that both Rehm and her producer fell for what he felt was an obvious anti-Semitic hoax. He speculated that frequently-heard strange accusations about Jewish supporters of Israel
Israel
may have played a role.[31] Elizabeth Jepsen, NPR's ombudsman, took issue with both Rehm's interview and apology: "Far from putting anything to rest, Rehm has now taken a falsehood from the fringes of the Internet and moved it into the mainstream conversation."[32] Right-to-die advocacy[edit] Following the 2014[33] death of her husband—who was unable to get physician assisted suicide drugs due to their illegality in Maryland—Rehm became an advocate for right to die.[34] NPR's ombudsman deemed that her related fundraising for Compassion & Choices violated the NPR
NPR
ethical standards, and she agreed to stop attending fundraising dinners.[33] Honors and awards[edit] A partial list of Rehm's honors and awards:

1999 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. 2000 Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, honoring extraordinary contributions to journalism. 2003 Calvary Women's Services Hope award, honoring her volunteer and professional work for women in need. 2003 Montgomery County Chapter of the National Organization for Women's Susan B. Anthony Award, honoring her advocacy of women's right in the community. 2006 Urbino Press Award 2009 Peabody Award
Peabody Award
(presented in 2010)[35] 2010 Foremother Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Research Center for Women & Families 2013 ACCESS Arab-American of the Year[36] 2013 National Humanities Medal[37] 2017 Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award[38]

References[edit]

^ a b c Weeks, Linton (August 23, 1999). " Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
finds a voice of her own". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 12, 2014.  ^ Victor, Daniel (December 8, 2015). " Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
Announces Retirement From Long-Running Talk
Talk
Show". The New York Times. Retrieved December 15, 2015.  ^ Stelter, Brian (2016-12-23). " Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
says farewell to 'The Diane Rehm Show'". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2016-12-24.  ^ " The Diane Rehm Show
The Diane Rehm Show
Is Over. The Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
Podcast Is Just Beginning". The Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
Show. 2016-12-21. Retrieved 2016-12-24.  ^ "As Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
Retires, WAMU
WAMU
Launching Midday Show Called '1A'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-12-24.  ^ a b Rosenwald, Michael (14 February 2015). " NPR
NPR
host Diane Rehm emerges as key force in the right-to-die debate". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 June 2015.  ^ Rehm, Diane (1999). Finding My Voice. Herndon, Virginia: Capital Books, Inc.  ^ Harris, Shane (11 April 2012). "What Made Me: NPR's Diane Rehm". The Washingtonian. Retrieved 11 June 2015.  ^ "JOHN B. REHM". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 13, 2014.  ^ Fox, Maggie (July 8, 2014). "Diane Rehm: My Husband's Slow, Deliberate Death Was Unnecessary". NBC News. Retrieved April 30, 2016.  ^ Rosenwald, Michael S. (February 14, 2015). " NPR
NPR
host Diane Rehm emerges as key force in the right-to-die debate". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 30, 2016.  ^ a b c Gatewood, Miranda. "Networking: Whos Whos, Whats What for Business Executives, "The Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
Show," A WOMAN'S VOICE". Networking Magazine. Archived from the original on March 28, 2006.  ^ Ruben, Barbara (January 2010). "Rehm is the queen of talk radio". The Beacon.  ^ "The Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
Show: Finding My Voice". WAMU
WAMU
88.5 FM, American University Radio. Archived from the original on August 12, 2006.  ^ Diane Rehm. "On My Own by Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
— Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.  ^ "On My Own, by Diane Rehm". Booklist Online. Retrieved 2016-04-21.  ^ Holleran, Andrew (2016-02-02). "ON MY OWN by Diane Rehm". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-04-21.  ^ Lindbergh, Reeve. "Review: In 'On My Own,' Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
argues for the right to die". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-04-21.  ^ Folkenflik, David. "Radio's Diane Rehm, A Mainstay Of Civil Discourse, Signs Off". Morning Edition. National Public Radio. December 23, 2016. ^ a b "CPB Liberal Bias Study Flawed, Critics Say". Washingtonpost.com. July 1, 2005. Retrieved 2016-04-21.  ^ " Kenneth Tomlinson & the Mann Report". Project for Excellence in Journalism. March 13, 2006. Archived from the original on May 9, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2009.  ^ " Kenneth Tomlinson Quits Public Broadcasting Board". Washingtonpost.com. 2005-11-04. Retrieved 2016-04-21.  ^ "Diane Rehm". Retrieved August 25, 2012.  ^ "News Roundup: Hour 1". Retrieved August 25, 2012.  ^ a b Harsanyi, David (June 10, 2015). "NPR's Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
Has A List Of Troublesome Jews She Wants You To Know About". The Federalist. Alexandria, Virginia. Retrieved June 10, 2015. Much like the "Israel-firster" attack, assuming that people who support Israel
Israel
must be in possession of dual citizenship is a longstanding smear used by anti-Semites and other anti- Israel
Israel
advocates to chill speech and question the allegiance of American Jews. Jews do often have a special affection or concern for Israel
Israel
for obvious reasons. But since this support comports well with American interests and values there is no genuine conflict. And even those with dual citizenship–completely legitimate under U.S. laws–have absolutely no reason to undermine the United States.  ^ a b Gold, Hadas (June 10, 2015). " Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
offended by Diane Rehm's Israeli citizenship question". Politico. Washington, D.C. Retrieved June 10, 2015.  ^ a b c Tesfaye, Sophia (June 10, 2015). "Diane Rehm's massive Bernie Sanders "oops": NPR
NPR
host falls for anti-Semitic Israeli citizenship hoax". Salon. San Francisco, California. Retrieved June 10, 2015.  ^ a b Reback, Gedalyah (June 10, 2015). "Radio host quizzes Jewish candidate Sanders on Israeli citizenship". The Times of Israel. Jerusalem, Israel. Retrieved June 10, 2015.  ^ Hensch, Mark (June 10, 2015). "Sanders blasts Internet 'nonsense': 'I do not have dual citizenship with Israel'". The Hill. Washington, D.C. Retrieved 10 June 2015.  ^ Marshall, Josh (11 June 2015). "Sorry, Diane, That's BS". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved 12 June 2015.  ^ Bernstein, David (11 June 2015). "Why did Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
fall for an anti-Semitic hoax?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 June 2015.  ^ Jepsen, Elizabeth (12 June 2015). " Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
And A Bungled Interview With Senator Bernie Sanders". NPR. Retrieved 13 June 2015.  ^ a b Rosenwald, Michael (March 10, 2015), "Following criticism, NPR host Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
scales back efforts in right-to-die debate", The Washington Post, p. B-3  ^ Rosenwald, Michael S. (February 14, 2015), " NPR
NPR
host Diane Rehm emerges as key force in the right-to-die debate", The Washington Post  ^ "Personal Award: Diane Rehm". The Peabody Awards. Retrieved 2016-04-21.  ^ [1] ^ "The President Presents the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal". White House. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.  ^ " Diane Rehm
Diane Rehm
and Khizr Khan to Receive 2017 Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award from Interfaith Alliance". Interfaith Alliance. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 

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