President Obama to honor Twin Cities public radio host with NEH medal


The host of the Twin Cities-based public radio show "On Being" has been tapped as one of the 10 recipients of a 2013 National Humanities Medal, the Star Tribune reports.

Krista Tippett will be presented with the medal Monday in the East Room of the White House by President Barack Obama, and the recipients will attend a reception with the president and first lady Michelle Obama after the ceremony.

In a press release about the recipients Tuesday, the National Endowment of Humanities says Tippett was receiving the honor “for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence." The NEH also noted how Tippett "avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of all faiths, no faith, and every background to join in the conversation.”

A St. Paul resident, Tippett began hosting the show – which was originally called “Speaking of Faith” – at MPR/APM in 2001. Today, "On Being" is heard on more than 330 public radio stations nationwide.

Other recipients of the 2013 NEH Medal are literary critic M.H. Abrams; historians David Brion Davis, Darlene Clark Hine and Anne Firor Scott; East Asian scholar William Theodore De Bary; architect Johnpaul Jones; filmmaker Stanley Nelson; radio host Diane Rehm; and the historical organization the American Antiquarian Society.

The ceremony will be streamed live on the White House website at 3 p.m. ET.

The president will also present medals to National Endowment of the Arts honorees on Monday.

Variety says the NEA Medal recipients include legendary singer Linda Ronstadt and filmmaker Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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