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.