Lynn Neary
Max Hirshfeld

Lynn Neary

Correspondent, Arts Desk and Guest Host

Lynn Neary is an NPR arts correspondent and a frequent guest host often heard on Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

In her role on the Arts desk, Neary reports on an industry in transition as publishing moves into the digital age. As she covers books and publishing, she relishes the opportunity to interview many of her favorite authors from Barbara Kingsolver to Ian McEwan.

Arriving at NPR in 1982, Neary spent two years working as a newscaster during Morning Edition. Then, for the next eight years, Neary was the host of Weekend All Things Considered. In 1992, she joined the cultural desk to develop NPR's first religion beat. As religion correspondent, Neary covered the country's diverse religious landscape and the politics of the religious right.

Over the years Neary has won numerous prestigious awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Gold Award, an Ohio State Award, an Association of Women in Radio and Television Award and the Gabriel award. For her reporting on the role of religion in the debate over welfare reform, Neary shared in NPR's 1996 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award.

A Fordham University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Neary thinks she has the ideal job and suspects she is the envy of English majors everywhere.

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Ice Is Nice, But Do I Have To Say Venti To Get A Large Coffee?
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Empty storefronts line the streets of Northern Cambria, Pa., Jennifer Haigh's hometown. Rob Arnold hide caption

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'Heat & Light' Digs For The Soul Of Coal Country
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Cairo's Tahrir Square (seen here in January) isn't actually a square — it's a traffic circle. And today, years after it was the site of anti-government demonstrations, it's a beautifully manicured, sterile space. Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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From Tahrir To Tiananmen, 'City Squares' Can't Escape Their History
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Robert McCloskey was still a young artist when he brought a crate of ducks back to his studio apartment to do some sketches. Since then, the plucky Mallard family (Jack, Lack, Mack, et al.) has charmed its way into our hearts. Penguin Young Readers Group hide caption

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Make Way For Celebration: These Ducklings Are Turning 75
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'You Cannot Shame Me': 2 New Books Tear Down 'Fat Girl' Stereotypes
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It took a little over a year for Sara Baume's debut novel — about a troubled man who adopts a one-eyed dog — to go from being accepted for publication to being published. "I made the clay dogs to keep the thing alive for myself after it was finished, but before it was a book," she writes on her blog. Sara Baume hide caption

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For A Young Irish Artist And Author, Words Are Anchored In Images
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'The Martian' Started As A Self-Published Book
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Austin Reed was an indentured servant who set fire to his employer's farmhouse after he was whipped for "idleness." Reed was sent to The House of Refuge, the nation's first juvenile reformatory, and later sentenced to serve in New York's Auburn State Prison (above) in 1840. Courtesy of Penguin Random House hide caption

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Written Behind Bars, This 1850s Memoir Links Prisons To Plantations
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Actor Gregory Peck and novelist Harper Lee in 1962, on the set of the Universal Pictures release To Kill A Mockingbird, in which Peck plays Atticus Finch. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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The Measure Of Harper Lee: A Life Shaped By A Towering Text
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'To Kill A Mockingbird' Author Harper Lee Dies
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It was recently announced that Aaron Sorkin will be adapting To Kill A Mockingbird for Broadway. Above, Scout's legs are tired after a particularly long "walk and talk." (Not really.) Above, Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch with Mary Badham as Scout and Phillip Alford as Jem in the 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee's novel. Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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To Sorkin A Mockingbird: Screenwriter Will Adapt Novel For Broadway
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Herman Wouk Says He's A 'Happy Gent' At 100
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'Last Stop On Market Street,' 'Finding Winnie,' Win U.S. Children's Book Prizes
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A survey from the Authors Guild reveals a 30 percent decline in author income since 2009. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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As Writers' Wages Wane In Digital Chapter, Authors Pen Demands
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