Celeste Headlee Biography
Celeste Headlee has previously been the host of the Georgia Public Broadcasting program “On Second Thought”., and the co-host of the national morning news show The Takeaway, from Public Radio International and WNYC.
Before joining fellow host John Hockenberry in 2009, she was the Midwest Correspondent for NPR’s Day to Day and the host of a weekly show on Detroit Public Radio. Headlee is the author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter (Harper Wave, September 19, 2017).
Celeste Headlee Age
Celeste Headlee was born on December 30, 1969, in Whittier, CA.
Celeste Headlee Early life
Celeste Headlee was born December 30, 1969, in Whittier, California, the daughter of Judith Anne Still, a writer, and Larry Headlee, a marine geologist. Her father is of European descent.
Her maternal grandparents were composer William Grant Still and pianist Verna Arvey. Her maternal grandfather was African-American and her maternal grandmother was of Russian Jewish descent.
Celeste Headlee Journalism career
Headlee began her career as a journalist as an anchor and writer with Arizona Public Radio station KNAU in Flagstaff in 1999 and as an on-air personality with Flagstaff station KVNA. In 2001, she became a reporter and anchor for WDET-FM, Detroit Public Radio, hosting a weekly one-hour program called Front Row Center.
In 2006 she began working for National Public Radio, developing stories, covering breaking news, and producing long-form features. Headlee was the Midwest Correspondent for NPR’s Day to Day and her news reports have aired on NPR, Public Radio International, the Pacifica Network, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, and National Native News.
From 2009 to August 2012, Headlee was the host (along with John Hockenberry) of The Takeaway, a live national morning news program produced by Public Radio International and WNYC New York.
In December 2017, it was revealed that she was one of many former female Takeaway cohosts who had left the program as a result of having allegedly been subjected to bullying and disrespect by Hockenberry.
Other women associated with the program also came forward with similar accounts, as well as allegations of sexual harassment.
As of late 2012, she has been an occasional guest host on NPR’s Tell Me More, and a guest host in the absence of Neal Conan on Talk of the Nation.
In 2014, she launched On Second Thought on Georgia Public Broadcasting. The hour-long public radio show focuses on local and national news as it relates to Georgia and the South.
Celeste Headlee Personal life, Husband, Married
Headlee has one child, Grant Headlee. A classically trained soprano, Headlee performs frequently.
Celeste Headlee Is A Married Woman! But Husband Never Become The Topic of Her Writing – Like Ever!
When it comes to writing, the subject “love” is indeed inspiring!
There are people who usually long to use their pen to describe affection, to feel the immense possession of adoration. But on the contrary, there are also those who want just the opposite. And it looks like the journalist; Celeste Headlee seems to belong to the latter category, as she doesn’t show interest in sharing her married life on her stories.
So what’s running on her mind?
Let’s take a more in-depth glimpse at her life to find that out!
Celeste Headlee Doesn’t Make Her Husband A Part of Her Articles:
The host of the talk show “On Second Thought,” Celeste Headlee (47) is always up for writing and sharing her thoughts, sometimes writing about youth crisis and sometimes about lesbian’s love.
However, she never brings up the affair with her husband in her articles, and neither has shared her love story, ever. Well, Celeste seems to be only protecting her family life from unwanted public attention.
But, though Headlee is closed-lipped in case of her hubby, she presented hints that she loves him a lot, further mentioning for how long they have known each other!
Flaunting the adorable bond she shares with her family, Celeste tweeted a picture of a birthday cake that she made with the help of her daughter for her son’s birthday bash!
Celeste is also active in sharing her thoughts and concerns regarding different matters. On August 2010, she gushed about the trend of changing surname after marriage.
In addition, she also spoke for controlling divorce rate of U.S.; Celeste agreed with the lawyer Paul Rampell that the leasing marriage idea was one of the possible ways. Divorce and splitting really don’t seem like the matter she wants!
More To Know About Celeste Headlee:
The bold beauty Celeste is the granddaughter of the famous American-African composer William Grant Still and pianist Verna Arvey. Her father Larry Headlee was a marine geologist whereas her mother Judith Anne Still is a writer.
Headlee seems to have all her talents inborn, as she is a journalist along with being an author, speaker, and a professional opera singer.
Headlee’s “We Need To Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter,” a book focusing on practical guidance for conversation, was published in 2017. Sharing her opinions in a YouTube video; she said,
No wonder she is personally as well as professionally accomplished!
Celeste Headlee Journalism awards
Headlee has won awards from the Michigan AP, The Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and the Metro Detroit Society of Professional Journalists. Headlee serves as a mentor and managing editor for NPR’s Next Generation Project, which is aimed at training young broadcast journalists.
While living in Arizona, she was a member of the Artist’s Roster for the Arizona Commission on the Arts. In 2011 she was named a Getty Arts Journalism Fellow by USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism.
Celeste Headlee Musical education and career
A classically trained soprano, Headlee graduated from the Idyllwild Arts Academy (part of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation) in 1987 and received a B.A. in Vocal Performance at Northern Arizona University in 1993, graduating with honors.
Headlee received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan in 1998, studying with Freda Herseth, Leslie Guinn, and George Shirley, and has studied song interpretation with Martin Katz.
Headlee has performed at the National Gallery of Art, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the Distinguished Artist Series at the Church of the Red Rocks, Colorado College, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Yavapai College, Wagner College, and Wayne State University, among other venues.
She also performed with such companies as the Michigan Opera Theater, the Sedona Repertory Company, the Harlequin Players (in Olympia, Washington), the Sedona Arts Center, and the Great Lakes Lyric Opera.
Celeste Headlee Books
We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter
Heard Mentality: An A-Z Guide to Take Your Podcast Or Radio Show from Idea to Hit
We Need to Talk: 10 Rules for Speaking Less, Listening to More, and Discovering What You’ve Been Missing in Every Conversation
Lazy: How the Cult of Efficiency Is Making Us Sadder, Sicker, and Less Productive
William Grant Still
Headlee is the granddaughter of composer William Grant Still. Known as “The Dean” of African-American composers, Still was the first African-American conductor to conduct a major American orchestra and have one of his own compositions performed by a prestigious orchestra.
Still was also the first African-American composer to have one of his operas performed by a major opera company. Headlee frequently performs Still’s music in concerts and recitals and sang Still’s composition “Levee Land” on the CD produced by the Northern Arizona University Wind Symphony.
She has given many lectures about Still’s music at high schools and universities and was the editor of the second edition of the book, William Grant Still and the Fusion of Cultures in American Music, for which she compiled the first complete thematic catalog of Still’s works.