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A Tour Of NPR From The Legendary Voice On The Elevator, Susan Stamberg

Apr 27, 2016

As part of KERA's week in Washington, D.C., the "Think" team got a special tour of the newsroom (and the elevators) from one of the most recognizable voices on public radio, Susan Stamberg.

Stamberg, a "founding mother" of NPR, recently celebrated her 45th anniversary at the network. She showed off the newsroom and talked about how things have changed since she started there in 1971.

On the new NPR newsroom...

"When my son came to see it for the first time - he was a radio baby, he sat on my lap during the very first broadcast of 'All Things Considered' - he'd say, 'this is not your mother's radio network.'"

On the excitement of breaking news...

"When news breaks, it's jammed. You should see it. It just becomes electric because everyone pours over there to make quick decisions as to how do we cover this what do we do about that."

On her NPR legacy...

"...first woman to host a nightly network news broadcast, and that was something of a contribution. "

Stamberg is also the voice of the NPR elevators and calls that her "greatest legacy to the network."

All this week, KERA's "Think" is broadcasting live from NPR Headquarters in Washington.

Follow along on social media with #ThinkInDC.