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Diane Rehm visits campus

WVXU members dining with the radio talk show host

10/16/02

Diane Rehm, the award-winning broadcaster whose public radio talk show is aired to more than 1 million listeners daily, is dining with select members of the WVXU (91.7 FM) listening audience tomorrow, Oct. 17, from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center. During its fall fund drive, WVXU offered members a chance to spend time with the popular radio personality. Members who pledged $216 per couple or $120 per person during the drive were invited to dine with Rehm and her husband, John. The couple are in Cincinnati as part of her book signing tour. “Finding My Voice” details her childhood, marriage, broadcast career and vocal difficulties. Rehm has been plagued the last several years by spasmodic dysphonia—a little-known neurological disorder that attacks the voice. Despite her disorder, she continues to host such guests as former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, award-winning actor Sidney Poitier and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Her show, The Diane Rehm Show, has been airing for more than 20 years from WAMU (88.5 FM) in Washington, D.C. It is now heard in Europe and Japan, as well on U.S. military installations around the world via Armed Forces Radio. Newsweek magazine calls the program one of the most interesting talk shows in the country. The National Journal says Rehm is "the class act of the talk radio world." Rehm was recently named a Fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists. It's the highest honor the society bestows upon a journalist, and is awarded for extraordinary contributions to the profession. This year she also received the International Matrix Award from the Association for Women in Communications. In 1999, she was named a Washingtonian of the Year by "Washingtonian Magazine." Fans who aren’t attending the dinner can still get an autograph tomorrow from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Norwood’s Rookwood Pavilion shopping area. For more information, call 513 731-9898. Rehm is also tentatively scheduled to be interviewed on WVXU at 1:00 p.m. by members of the station's staff.