Bob Edwards, a beloved radio host known for his deep voice and calm presence on NPR’s “Morning Edition” for almost 25 years, passed away on Saturday in Arlington, Va., at the age of 76.
He died from heart failure and bladder cancer complications, said his wife, Windsor Johnston.
The Kentucky Colonel Bob Edwards, passed away on Saturday evening. It’s sad that those dulcet tones have been silenced. His wife, Windsor Johnston posted a remembrance. H/t @howardberkes pic.twitter.com/BogkkKPs9e
— Patrick Murray (@NPRPatrick) February 12, 2024
Born in Kentucky and passionate about radio from a young age, Edwards started his career at NPR in 1974.
He first co-hosted “All Things Considered” before moving on to “Morning Edition” in 1979, where he became the familiar morning voice to millions for over two decades.
John Lansing, NPR’s CEO, praised Edwards for creating a personal connection with listeners, a trait that made him a trusted voice across America.
His co-host, Susan Stamberg, remembered their dynamic partnership, highlighting how their different styles eventually harmonized.
Edwards was known for interviewing a wide range of guests, from news figures to cultural icons like Dolly Parton. His departure from “Morning Edition” in 2004 sparked listener protests and even caught the attention of Congress.
After leaving NPR, Edwards continued to influence the radio world through his work on SiriusXM Radio and public radio, leaving a legacy of excellence in journalism.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters from a previous marriage, and a brother. Edwards’s impact on radio and his dedication to journalism have left an enduring mark, remembered by colleagues and listeners alike.