PCA/ACA

Featured Speaker: Terry Gross

Terry Gross is this year’s recipient of the PCA/ACA Presidential Award 

Terry Gross began her radio career in 1973 at public radio station WBFO in Buffalo, New York, where she hosted and produced several arts, women’s and public affairs programs, including This Is Radio, a live, three-hour magazine program that aired daily. Two years later, she joined the staff of WHYY-FM in Philadelphia as producer and host of Fresh Air, then a local, daily interview and music program. Since 1987, a daily, one-hour national edition of Fresh Air has been produced by WHYY-FM. The program is broadcast on nearly 600 stations and became the first nondrivetime show in public radio history to reach more than 5 million listeners a week. Fresh Air received the prestiguious Peabody Award in 1994 for its “probing questions, revelatory interviews and and unusual insight.” 

Fresh Air not only covers popular culture; it has become a familiar part of it. Its interviews are in a category by themselves, distinguished by host and co-executive producer Terry Gross’ unique approach. The program and Gross have been name-checked on Saturday Night Live, Girls, HBO’s Eastbound and Down, and How I Met Your Mother. Gross played herself on an episode of The Simpsons, and was a guest on The Colbert Report

Ms. Gross is also the author of All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians and Artists, published by Hyperion in 2004.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Terry Gross received a bachelor’s degree in English and M.Ed. in communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her alma mater awarded her a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1993 and.an honorary degree in 2007. She has also received honorary degrees from Princeton University, Haverford College and Drexel University. She gave the commencement address at Vassar College in 2007 and Bryn Mawr College in 2014.