Diane Rehm is a native Washingtonian who began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer producer for WAMU 88.5, the NPR member-station in Washington, D.C. She was hired as an assistant producer and later became the host and producer of two health-oriented programs. In 1979, she began hosting WAMU’s local morning talk show,Kaleidoscope, which was renamed The Diane Rehm Show in 1984.
Each week, more than 2.2 million listeners across the country including those listening to our RADIO IQ and RADIO IQ With BBC News networks of signals tune in to The Diane Rehm Show, which has grown from a local morning call-in show to one of public broadcasting’s most popular programs. Rehm has embraced new technological platforms to engage her listeners — she takes questions for her guests via Twitter and has tens of thousands of fans on Facebook. The Diane Rehm Show was recognized for these achievements in social media, with the show’s Twitter handle (@drshow) winning a 2010 Shorty Award for best producer of short, real-time content in news.
In 1979, Diane Rehm took over as host of WAMU's mid-day program, Kaleidoscope, and in 1984, the name was changed to The Diane Rehm Show. In all the ensuing years, Diane has offered listeners thoughtful and lively conversations on an array of topics with many of the most distinguished people of our times and is one of the most popular weekday shows on our RADIO IQ and RADIO IQ With BBC News network of signals.