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2007 Commencement Speaker




Doctor of Humane Letters

Liane Hansen lists her current passions as figure skating, baseball, The Food Channel, and tap dancing. Millions of people around the world, however, know her for her day job as the long-time host of National Public Radio’s news program, Weekend Edition Sunday.

Hansen attended the University of Hartford from 1969 until 1971, majoring in theatre and communication. In the 70s, she was a production assistant on two NPR shows, Fresh Air and All Things Considered. By the early 80s Hansen was the host of Weekend All Things Considered. Before joining WES in 1989, she was the host of Performance Today, NPR’s award-winning, classical music and arts information show.

In 2001 Hansen received an Emmy Award as the narrator of the documentary She Says/Women in News, directed by Barbara Ricks. She was also part of NPR’s Sept. 11 coverage, which received the 2001 Peabody Award.

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