Terry Gross

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Terry Gross
Terry Gross.jpg
Gross at the Georgia Tech Ferst Center for the Arts, in Atlanta,
November 2006
Born(1951-02-14) February 14, 1951 (age 62)
ShowFresh Air
Station(s)WHYY-FM, NPR
CountryU.S.
Spouse(s)Francis Davis
WebsiteOfficial website
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Terry Gross
Terry Gross.jpg
Gross at the Georgia Tech Ferst Center for the Arts, in Atlanta,
November 2006
Born(1951-02-14) February 14, 1951 (age 62)
ShowFresh Air
Station(s)WHYY-FM, NPR
CountryU.S.
Spouse(s)Francis Davis
WebsiteOfficial website
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Terry Gross (born February 14, 1951)[1] is the host and co-executive producer of Fresh Air, an interview format radio show produced by WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and distributed throughout the United States by National Public Radio.

Gross has won praise over the years for her low-key and friendly yet often probing interview style and for the diversity of her guests. She has a reputation for researching her guests' work largely the night before an interview, often asking them unexpected questions about their early careers.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Gross grew up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, in a Jewish family.[3][4] She earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in communications from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She began a teaching career, but said that she was "totally unequipped" for the job, and was fired after only six weeks.[5]

Gross began her radio career in 1973 at WBFO, a public radio station in Buffalo, New York, where she had been volunteering. In 1975, she moved to WHYY-FM in Philadelphia to host and produce Fresh Air, which was a local interview program at the time. In 1985, Fresh Air with Terry Gross went national, being distributed weekly by NPR. It became a daily program two years later.

She has appeared as a guest-voice on The Simpsons as herself, in the episode "The Debarted".[6]

Interview style[edit]

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Gross' interviews are "a remarkable blend of empathy, warmth, genuine curiosity, and sharp intelligence."[7] Gross prides herself on preparation; prior to interviewing guests, she reads their books, watches their movies, and/or listens to their CDs. The Boston Phoenix opined that "Terry Gross … is almost certainly the best cultural interviewer in America, and one of the best all-around interviewers, period. Her smart, thoughtful questioning pushes her guests in unlikely directions. Her interviews are revelatory in a way other people's seldom are."[5]

Difficult interviews[edit]

Gross has drawn added public attention following some occasions when interviews have taken a confrontational turn. Three notable examples are:

Personal life[edit]

Gross was married early on in her life, but was in divorce proceedings by the time she started her radio career in 1973.[17][18][19] She is now married to Francis Davis, jazz critic of The Village Voice. The couple has no children. In an interview with B. D. Wong, Gross said this is a deliberate choice on their part.[20]

Gross wrote in the introduction to All I Did Was Ask: Conversations With Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists that she is sometimes asked whether she is a lesbian, due to short hair and the number of gay interviewees on Fresh Air.[21] In her interview with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, she mentioned that she had lived in a commune.

Gross lives in Philadelphia.

Awards[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Audio collections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terry Gross at NPR.org
  2. ^ Leibovich, Lori (22 June 1998). "Turning the Tables on Terry Gross: Salon Gets Personal With NPR'S Maestro of Conversation". Salon. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  3. ^ Phillips, Michael. "Voicestruck in Philly by Terry Gross", Chicago Tribune, September 26, 2004. Accessed November 16, 2009. "Since going national in 1987, "Fresh Air" has brought together the Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, native -- electronically, at least."
  4. ^ Fresh Air transcript: "Spending The Night With Sleepwalker Mike Birbiglia."
  5. ^ a b "Terry Gross: Producer and Host of National Public Radio’s 'Fresh Air' - Biography". Seattle Arts and Lectures. 2001. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  6. ^ Terry Gross at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ "Inside WBUR: Terry Gross". WBUR. 3 June 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  8. ^ Gross, Terry (4 February 2002). "Leader and Bassist of the Band Kiss, Gene Simmons". Fresh Air. NPR; WHYY. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  9. ^ Gene Simmons (4 February 2002) (Transcript). with Terry Gross. Fresh Air. NPR; WHYY. http://web.archive.org/web/20051030001555/http://rof.net/wp/carriep/TERRYGRO.HTM. Retrieved 2005-10-30.
  10. ^ Gene Simmons (4 February 2002) (Audio). Interview with Terry Gross. Fresh Air. NPR; WHYY. http://www.archive.org/details/TerryGrossInterviewWithGeneSimmons. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  11. ^ Bill O'Reilly (8 October 2003) (Audio). Interview with Terry Gross. Fresh Air. NPR; WHYY. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1459090. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  12. ^ Dvorkin, Jeffrey A. (15 October 2003). "Gross vs. O'Reilly: Culture Clash on NPR". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  13. ^ a b Jeffrey A. Dvorkin (23 June 2006) (Audio/Transcript). Interview with Brooke Gladstone and Mike Pesca. On the Media. NPR; WNYC. http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/transcripts_062306_c.html. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  14. ^ Terry Gross (24 September 2003) (TV). Interview with Bill O'Reilly. The O'Reilly Factor. Fox News. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,133177,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
  15. ^ Lynne Cheney (9 February 2005) (Audio). Interview with Terry Gross. Fresh Air. NPR; WHYY. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4492285. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  16. ^ Dvorkin, Jeffrey A. (15 February 2005). "A Week of Insults on NPR". NPR. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  17. ^ FrugalFun.com article: "Interviewing the Interviewer: An Evening with Fresh Air's Terry Gross."
  18. ^ Salon.com article: "TURNING THE TABLES ON TERRY GROSS, Page 2."
  19. ^ Harvard Gazette article: "NPR's most seductive voice speaks."
  20. ^ B.D. Wong (11 June 2003) (Audio). Interview with Terry Gross. Fresh Air. NPR; WHYY. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1295057. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  21. ^ Gross, Terry (2004). All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0010-3. 
  22. ^ "CPB Names Terry Gross 2003 Murrow Award Recipient" (Press release). Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 16 May 2003. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 

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