NPR’s Carl Kasell named ‘North Carolinian of the Year’

By Theodore Fischer

The longtime NPR announcer and current co-host/judge for NPR’s Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! is a native of Goldsboro, N.C., who began his radio career in Goldsboro.  As a student, he helped found WUNC at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Carl was an easy choice for many reasons,” said North Carolina Press Association President Hal Tanner III. “He is highly regarded by journalists everywhere for his integrity and commitment to fairness and honesty. We are proud of his North Carolina roots and his continuing connection to the Tar Heel state.”

Kasell accepted the award March 21 at the NCPA Winter Institute and Annual Meeting, which featured a video tribute with cameos by Wait, Wait host Peter Sagal and former Kasell intern Katie Couric; watch it at tinyurl.com/NCPA-kassel.

This article was first published in Current, April 1, 2013.

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