Essential Pittsburgh
4:04 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

A Conversation with the Iconic Diane Rehm

Diane Rehm in studio A
Diane Rehm in studio A
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Celebrated NPR host, Diane Rehm conducts her daily interview show with a distinct curiosity and a distinctive voice.

As host of The Diane Rehm Show for more than 30 years she was the first radio talk show host to interview a sitting president in the Oval Office.

With no formal radio training, Rehm says she has always felt at home on the air.

“Radio was the most natural medium that anyone would want to be a part of, to aspire to,” she says.

Rehm's eclectic background and unique voice have kept her hosting The Diane Rehm Show for 30 years. Due to a condition called spasmodic dysphonia, her voice has distinguished her from other NPR hosts. Rehm's struggles with the illness are ongoing, but she says she does not plan to leave the  show in the near future.

She fully trusts the power of public radio. “I believe in being able to reach the people through the sound of the voice and the voice alone.”