WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Veteran broadcast journalist Linda
Wertheimer will address the Class of 2003 at Wellesley College's
Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 30, beginning
at 10:30 am. Wellesley will confer 612 bachelor of arts
degrees on 586 traditional-age graduating seniors and 26
non-traditional-age Davis Scholars.
Wertheimer, a Wellesley alumna from the class of 1965,
is a familiar voice to listeners of National Public Radio
(NPR) where she has worked for more than 30 years, currently
as senior national correspondent. Before assuming this post
in 2002, she spent 13 years as a host of NPR's daily news
program, "All Things Considered." In this position, she
helped build the afternoon news program's audience to record
Having joined NPR in 1971, she has been with the organization
almost since its inception. She served as NPR's congressional
correspondent and, in 1976, was named political correspondent
-- a position she held until 1989, when she became an "All
Things Considered" host.
In 1976, she became the first woman to anchor network coverage
of a presidential nomination convention and of election
night. She also is the first person to broadcast live from
inside the United States Senate chamber.
The recipient of numerous industry and professional awards,
she is the author of Listening to America: Twenty-five
Years in the Life of a Nation as Heard on National Public
Radio (1995, Houghton Mifflin).
Wertheimer was a featured panelist at Wellesley's 125th
Anniversary conference on alumnae achievement and women's
leadership in April 2001. She was honored with Wellesley's
Alumnae Achievement Award in 1985.
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125
years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home
to 2,300 undergraduate students.