For immediate release
May 13, 2002
Laura Gross,

NPR® Celebrates Legendary Journalist Robert Trout

WASHINGTON, DC - This spring, public radio stations throughout the country will broadcast a two-hour special saluting the remarkable work of the late broadcast pioneer Robert Trout, whose groundbreaking career helped shape the face of modern radio news.

The program, "Details with Robert Trout," features audio highlights from Trout's earliest days in broadcasting in 1931, to his last commentary for NPR's All Things Considered in 2000. Introduced by Walter Cronkite, the program presents listeners with a compelling exploration of Trout's professional career. In addition to hearing memorable audio clips of Trout's reportage, listeners will hear Trout's own interviews with friends and colleagues, and other journalists' interviews with Trout about his career. This program takes the listener through Trout's history, and, along the way captures America's history for most of the 20th century.

NPR's Linda Wertheimer, host of "Details with Robert Trout," said, "It was sometimes sobering for us here at NPR, to think that the voice that became familiar to listeners of All Things Considered in the 1990s was the same one that had once introduced Franklin Roosevelt's first fireside chat to another radio audience in 1933."

Trout's career spanned virtually the entire history of radio news. He reported on many landmark events of the 20th century, including the repeal of prohibition and Alan Shepard's 1961 journey into space. He anchored CBS News coverage of World War II and coined the phrase "fireside chat" to describe President Roosevelt's radio addresses. He flew on the first trans-Atlantic passenger flight and covered two coronations, 16 inaugurations, 33 political conventions and 26 presidential elections. Trout died in November 2000, at the age of 92, two weeks after his final NPR broadcast.

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