SAG-AFTRA Philadelphia Congratulates Fresh Air Host Terry Gross
A Recipient of This Year’s National Humanities Medal
Awarded by President Obama
The National Humanities Medal, inaugurated in 1997, honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities and broadened our citizens' engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy and other humanities subjects.
Terry Gross began her radio career in 1973 at public radio station WBFO in Buffalo, New York. There she hosted and produced several arts, women’s and public affairs programs, including This Is Radio, a live, three-hour magazine program that aired daily. Two years later, she joined the staff of WHYY-FM in Philadelphia as producer and host of Fresh Air, then a local, daily interview and music program. In 1985, WHYY-FM launched a weekly half-hour edition of Fresh Air with Terry Gross, which was distributed nationally by National Public Radio (NPR). Since 1987, a daily, one-hour national edition of Fresh Air has been produced by WHYY-FM; it now airs on 500 stations.