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~Journalist Linda Wertheimer Will Deliver 2003 Commencement Address~

For immediate release:
May 29, 2003

CONTACT:
Arlie Corday,
781-283-2373


WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Veteran broadcast journalist Linda Wertheimer will address the Class of 2003 at Wellesley College's 125th 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 levels.

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.

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