Renée Montagne

Renée Montagne
Born December 1948 (age 67)
Oceanside, California
Education University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Co-host, Morning Edition
Years active 1973 2016

Renée Montagne (pronounced Mon-TAIN) is an American radio journalist and was the co-host (with Steve Inskeep and David Greene) of National Public Radio's weekday morning news program, Morning Edition from May 2004 to November 11, 2016. Montagne and Inskeep replaced longtime host Bob Edwards, initially as interim replacements, and Greene joined the team in 2012.[1] Montagne had served as a correspondent and occasional host since 1989.[2] She usually broadcasts from NPR West in Culver City, California,[2] a Los Angeles suburb.

Early life

Montagne was born in December 1948 in Oceanside, California,[3] into a Marine Corps family.[2] As is common in the lives of children of career military families, she moved often while growing up, including living in Hawaii and various places on the West Coast.[2][3] She attended Cupertino High School and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2012.[4] Montagne graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973[5] with a degree in English.


Montagne got her start in radio as news director for KPOO community radio in San Francisco while attending UC-Berkeley. She also worked for Pacific News Service in San Francisco.[2]

From 1980 through 1986, Montagne worked in New York City as a freelance reporter and producer for both NPR and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. During this period, she covered the arts and science for NPR. From 1987 to 1989, she was co-host with Robert Siegel of NPR's evening newsmagazine, All Things Considered.[6] In 1990, Montagne covered the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in South Africa. She remained in South Africa for three years covering South Africa. She and the NPR reporting team covered South Africa's first fully democratic elections and won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for their work.[7]

Montagne (far left) interviewing British Brigadier General David Paterson in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2010

In May 2004, Montagne and Steve Inskeep were chosen as interim co-hosts for NPR's Morning Edition replacing long-time host Bob Edwards who was reassigned as a senior correspondent.[8] They became permanent co-hosts in December 2004.

Montagne traveled to Rome to cover the funeral of Pope John Paul II for NPR's Morning Edition in 2005. She also has traveled frequently to Afghanistan covering the war which began in 2001. She has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club for her Afghanistan reporting.[2]

Montagne was among the news anchors who attended the traditional off-the-record luncheon held with the U.S. president in advance of Barack Obama's 2011 State of the Union Address.[9]

On July 18, 2016 it was announced that Montagne would be leaving NPR's Morning Edition after co-hosting it with Steve Inskeep for 12 years. She will continue reporting for NPR's Morning Edition as a special correspondent.[10] Montagne's last morning co-hosting Morning Edition was November 11, 2016.

Awards and recognition


  1. "David Greene". People at NPR. NPR. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Renee Montagne". People at NPR. NPR. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  3. 1 2 "Not your average day job". Arizona Daily Sun. November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  4. "CHS Hall of Fame 2012". May 2012.
  5. "The Cal Alumni Association Announces the 2010 Alumnus of the Year Richard N. Goldman '41". University of California, Berkeley. December 18, 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  6. "All Things Considered Gets New Co-hosts". The New York Times. March 18, 1987. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  7. 1 2 "All duPont-Columbia Award Winners". 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  8. "Bob Edwards forced out of 'Morning Edition'". MSNBC. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  9. "Which anchor scored the best seat at lunch with Obama?". The 1600 Report (blog). CNN. January 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-27.

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Preceded by
Bob Edwards
Host of Morning Edition
2004 – present (co-host with Steve Inskeep)
Succeeded by
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