PULLMAN, Wash. — Northwest Public Radio will host a Sept. 12 listener reception with an appearance by NPR correspondent and host Renée Montagne at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with Montagne set to speak at 6:30. Also present will be NWPR’s Morning Edition host Gillian Coldsnow and classical music host Robin Rilette. All NPR listeners are invited to the free event. 

Montagne is a familiar voice on NPR, having hosted both “All Things Considered and Morning Edition,” where she is currently a correspondent and substitute host. She has been associated with Morning Edition, NPR’s flagship news magazine, and NPR’s national and foreign desks since 1989.

In 1990, Montagne traveled to South Africa to cover Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and continued to cover the country through 1992. In 1994, she was part of the NPR reporting team sent to cover South Africa’s historic presidential and parliamentary elections. The news team’s coverage of the event won the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award.

From 1980 to 1986, Montagne was based in New York, working as an independent producer and reporter for NPR and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. For three years prior, she was a reporter/editor for Pacific News Service in San Francisco. Montagne began her career, while still at university, as news director of the city’s community radio station, KPOO.

In addition to the duPont Columbia Award, Montagne has been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists and Ohio State University, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was a Fellow in the National Arts Journalism Program at the University of Southern California and taught broadcast writing at New York University’s Graduate Department of Journalism. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley.

For information about this event, call (800) 842-8991. NWPR, which operates out of the Edward R. Murrow Center at WSU’s Pullman campus, offers news and classical music programs to listeners across Washington state, as well as parts of Idaho and northeastern Oregon.