Renee Montagne

Renee Montagne is co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the U.S. She has hosted the newsmagazine since 2004, broadcasting from NPR West in Culver City, California, with co-host Steve Inskeep in NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Montagne is a familiar voice on NPR, having reported and hosted since the mid-1980s. She hosted All Things Considered with Robert Siegel for two years in the late 1980s, and previously worked for NPR's Science, National and Foreign desks.

Over the years, Montagne has done thousands of interviews on a wide range of topics: Kurt Vonnegut on how he transformed surviving the WWII firebombing of Dresden into the novel Slaughterhouse Five; National Guardsmen on how they handle the holidays in Iraq; a Hollywood historian on how the famous hillside sign came to be; Toni Morrison on the dreams and memories she turned into novels; and Bud Montagne, Renee's father, remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Montagne traveled to Greenwich, England, in May 2007 to kick off the yearlong series, "Climate Connections," in which NPR partnered with National Geographic to chronicle how people are changing the Earth's climate and how the climate is impacting people. From the prime meridian, she laid out the journey that would take listeners to Africa, New Orleans and the Antarctic.

Since 9-11, Montagne has gone to Afghanistan five times, traveling throughout the country and interviewing farmers and mullahs, women and poll workers, the president and an infamous warlord. She spent a month during the summer of 2009 reporting on the Afghanistan politics and election. She has produced three series: 2002's "Recreating Afghanistan"; 2004's "Afghanistan Votes"; and 2006's "The War: Five Years On."

In the spring of 2005, Montagne took Morning Edition to Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul ll. She co-anchored from Vatican City during a historic week when millions of pilgrims and virtually every world leader descended on the Vatican.

In 1990, Montagne traveled to South Africa to cover Nelson Mandela's release from prison, and continued to report from South Africa for three years. In 1994, she and a team of NPR reporters won a prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of South Africa's historic presidential and parliamentary elections.

Through most of the 1980s, Montagne was based in New York, working as an independent producer and reporter for both NPR and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter/editor for Pacific News Service in San Francisco. She began her career as news director of the city's community radio station, KPOO, while still at university.

In addition to the duPont Columbia Award, Montagne has been honored by the Overseas Press Club for her coverage of Afghanistan, and by the National Association of Black Journalists for a series on Black musicians going to war in the 20th century.

Montagne, the daughter of a Marine Corps family, was born in California and spent much of her childhood in Hawaii and Arizona. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, as a Phi Beta Kappa. Her career includes serving as a fellow at the University of Southern California with the National Arts Journalism Program, and teaching broadcast writing at New York University's Graduate Department of Journalism.

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4:00am

Wed August 10, 2011
Politics

GOP Maintains Control Of Wis. State Senate

Originally published on Wed August 10, 2011 7:17 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

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10:25am

Mon August 8, 2011
Economy

U.S. Stocks Fall On Downgrade Of U.S. Credit

U.S. markets have opened for the first time since Standard and Poor's downgraded the nation's credit rating. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 250 points minutes after the opening bell on Wall Street.

6:40am

Mon August 8, 2011
Economy

Asian Markets Slide On U.S. Credit Downgrade

Originally published on Mon August 8, 2011 8:23 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Let's stay now with the economic fallout from the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating as well as troubled economies in Europe. That's caused markets in Asia to plunge today. NPR's Anthony Kuhn joins us from Jakarta, Indonesia to talk about all of this. And Anthony, how bad is the carnage on those Asian markets?

ANTHONY KUHN: Well, stock markets in the region are down about two to five percent, which means billions of value were wiped off of them. That's on top of last week, which saw the biggest rout in Asian stock since 2008.

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10:00am

Wed August 3, 2011
U.S.

FAA Operations Up In The Air Amid Shutdown

Originally published on Wed August 3, 2011 1:42 pm

A fence secures the perimeter of a half-completed 236-foot FAA control tower at Oakland International Airport. Construction has been halted because of the FAA shutdown.
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A partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, prompted by a political dispute, is adding to the country's debt. This month alone, that shutdown will cost the Treasury $1 billion in uncollected airline ticket taxes.

The shutdown is happening because of a labor dispute, a long-standing rivalry and a disagreement over subsidizing small airports. It's not clear when it will all be resolved now that members of Congress are leaving Washington, D.C., for their summer recess.

NPR's Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Brian Naylor about what's behind the standoff.

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4:00am

Mon August 1, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebel Leader's Death Spurs Opposition Infighting

Originally published on Mon August 1, 2011 10:36 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

We now turn to Libya, where yesterday there were rebels fighting rebels in their stronghold of Benghazi. The fighting comes after the mysterious death late last week of senior rebel commander Abdul Fattah Younis. It's not clear yet who is responsible for his assassination. We now join NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro from Benghazi, where she's been following the twists and turns in this story. Welcome.

LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO: Thank you.

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6:46am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

NASA Workers Saddened By Shuttle Program's End

Workers throughout NASA are upset that the space shuttle program is ending. But maybe none more so than the people at Johnson Space Center in Houston, where the astronauts live and train.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Minn. State Workers Angry There's No Budget Deal

Minnesota's government has had been shutdown for nearly a week. There continues to be a standoff over taxes and spending between the Democratic governor and the Republicans who control the state's legislature. Hundreds of laid off state workers rallied at the steps of the state Capitol Wednesday.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Media

Hacking Scandal Puts Spotlight On Murdoch's Tabloid

The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid "News Of The World" is facing new allegations in a phone hacking scandal that has set off a fire storm in Britain. Murdoch's top news executive at News International is under increasing pressure to resign.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Texas Urged To Stop Mexican National's Execution

In Texas Thursday, Humberto Leal Garcia is scheduled to be put to death. Leal was convicted of the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in 1994 — but he is a Mexican national and was not informed of his right to notify his embassy or consulate at the time of his arrest. President Obama, the United Nations and others have asked Texas to stay the execution, but the state has refused.

6:58am

Wed July 6, 2011
Law

Baseball Great Clemens Goes On Trial For Perjury

The trial of Roger Clemens, one of baseball's most dominating pitchers, begins Wednesday in Washington, D.C. He is charged with perjury and obstruction of Congress. In 2008, during testimony on Capitol Hill, Clemens denied ever using performance enhancing drugs.

6:29am

Wed July 6, 2011
National Security

Somali Man To Face Terror Trial In New York

The Obama administration says it has brought an accused terrorist back to the U.S. for a civilian trial — a move that won't go over well with many in Congress. The suspect was grabbed by the U.S. military from a ship at sea in the Middle East back in April. He was held aboard a Navy vessel for two months of questioning.

4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Africa

Moroccans Vote On New Constitution

Moroccan voters go to the polls on Friday in a nationwide referendum on political changes proposed by the king. Morocco, like other countries in North Africa and the Middle East, was swept by pro-democracy demonstrations at the beginning of the year. Demonstrators protested a lack of freedoms, weak economy and political corruption.

8:29am

Mon May 30, 2011
Middle East

Yemeni Government Responds To Protestors

Freelance reporter Tom Finn, in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, discusses the latest deadly clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces. Warplanes reportedly bombed the southern cit of Zinjibar. And in the city of Taiz, security forces reportedly killed at least 15 protesters.

7:49am

Mon May 30, 2011
NPR Story

New Rules For Vietnamese Police

In Vietnam, black sunglasses are now banned for its police officers, along with smoking and chatting on the job. And traffic cops have been order to stop hiding behind trees to catch errant drivers. Vietnamese officials hope the changes will improve the police force's notoriously bad reputation.

7:43am

Mon May 30, 2011
NPR Story

Knoxville Zoo's Giant Tortoise Ends Dry Spell

At the Knoxville Zoo, Al the giant tortoise hadn't seen a female turtle in almost 30 years. It's been about 20 years for his 90-year-old zoomate, Tex. Last Wednesday, Al quickly mated with a visiting female named Patches. So far, Tex is taking it slow with his potential mates.

6:16am

Mon May 30, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has this morning's business news.

6:16am

Mon May 30, 2011
Business

Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has today's Last Word in business.

4:00am

Mon May 30, 2011
Afghanistan

Remembering Those Killed In Action

Originally published on Mon May 30, 2011 1:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Members of the military are still dying in Iraq, even as the U.S. is drawing down its presence there. Twenty-four have been killed in Iraq so far this year. In Afghanistan, the U.S. death toll this year has topped 150.

One of those was Staff Sergeant Edward Mills, Jr. He was 29 years old and one of six soldiers who died last Thursday in Kandahar Province by an improvised explosive device.

Sergeant Mills was from New Castle, Pennsylvania, where his younger brother remembered him as a natural-born leader.

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11:24am

Mon May 2, 2011
NPR Story

Bin Laden's Death 'Huge Victory' For Obama

Originally published on Mon May 2, 2011 12:16 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

This is special coverage from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne with Steve Inskeep.

As we've been reporting all morning, President Obama announced last night that Osama bin Laden has been killed in his hideout in Pakistan, by American special forces.

For an update on what's happening at the White House this morning, we turn now to NPR's Mara Liasson. Good morning.

MARA LIASSON: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: What is the latest?

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