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Celeste Headlee



Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist who hosts GPB Radio’s “On Second Thought,” weekdays from 9 – 10 a.m. She has appeared on NPR, PBS World, CNN, BBC and other networks and began working as a public radio journalist in 1999. She was formerly a host at National Public Radio, anchoring shows like “Tell Me More,” “Talk of the Nation,” “All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition.” Until September of 2012, Celeste was the co-host of the national morning news show, “The Takeaway” from PRI and WNYC.

In 2014, she narrated the documentary “Packard: The Last Shift” for the Detroit Free Press. Headlee has won numerous awards for reporting from the Associated Press. She was selected twice to be a Getty/Annenberg Journalism Fellow and was selected as a fellow with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. She was also among the first fellows in Reporting on Native Stories for National Native News. For many years, she was a mentor and managing editor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project, training young reporters and editors in broadcasting.

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On Second Thought for Thursday, March 15, 2018

Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal announced his pick for Deputy Commissioner for Rural Georgia. In January, GPB Special Correspondent Celeste Headlee looked at legislative efforts to improve services like...

March 15, 2018

On Second Thought For Friday, March 9, 2018

On Second Thought Host Celeste Headlee announced in January she would step down from her post. Headlee has been with the program since it launched on GPB in 2014. Adam Ragusea talks with Headlee abo...

March 9, 2018

On Second Thought For Thursday, March 8, 2018

All hour, we look back at some of the best conversations by Celeste Headlee, who stepped down last week as host of On Second Thought. The B-52’s have been a major part of Georgia’s music scene s...

March 8, 2018

On Second Thought For Wednesday, March 7, 2018

All hour, we look back at some of the best conversations by Celeste Headlee, who stepped down last week as host of On Second Thought. Colin Mochrie may have one of the fastest minds around, and a mo...

March 7, 2018

On Second Thought For Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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March 6, 2018

Recent Blog Posts

On Second Thought

A Rant On THAT FLAG, A Demand For Respect

I’m a professional journalist and that means I try to refrain from expressing my opinion on issues in the news. I want my audience to trust that I can have a conversation with anyone that...

July 2, 2015 - 2:10pm
On Second Thought

I'm Black. I'm White. I'm Both. I'm Neither.

MESSAGE TO THE READER: This blog post contains strong language. I'm black. My grandfather is William Grant Still, the "Dean of African-American composers." His skin was the color of maple syrup...

May 20, 2015 - 4:48pm
On Second Thought

What’s Wrong With Pundits?

I have a strict no-pundit policy on the shows that I host. Before I explain why, though, let’s define our terms. What is a pundit? Here’s how Wikipedia defines it: “A pundit (sometimes called a...

October 9, 2014 - 12:01pm