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David Greene: From Russia to NPR with Love

Filed by KOSU News in Art & Life.
June 15, 2012

NPR’s Morning Programming Host and Correspondent David Greene joins us for a special Washington, D.C.-based episode of Ask Me Another. Greene shares with host Ophira Eisenberg stories of his many adventures, first as a White House correspondent who moonlighted as a bartender, and more recently as NPR’s foreign correspondent in Russia. One gig involved Greene’s failure to evacuate a famous landmark during a bomb scare; the other made him long for Chick-fil-A. And later, we put Greene to the test with an Ask Me Another Challenge about famous political gaffes.

About David Greene

David Greene is NPR’s Morning Programming Host/Correspondent — a role that’s played in the wee hours of dawn when hosting Morning Edition. The craziest interview he’s ever done was with comedian Kathy Griffin, who berated him for not being one of the show’s two primary hosts, while also regaling him with tales of her bikini bod.

Before taking on his current role in 2012, Greene was an NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow. Thankfully, cold weather isn’t a problem. For him. Greene is still trying to make amends for forcing his wife to sit through the coldest playoff game in the history of Pittsburgh Steelers football. Sadly, the Steelers lost, but thankfully, he managed to keep the wife. Who, consequently, is way cooler and has a 74-0 record against him in skeeball.

Greene’s voice became familiar to NPR listeners from his four years covering the White House. He came to NPR from a similar position with the Baltimore Sun, where he moonlighted Sunday nights as the bartender of a dingy pool hall serving beer and tequila, and pretending he could break up bar fights. But radio was the natural choice for Greene since he never learned to type, and hunting and pecking isn’t great on deadline.

He bats lefty, throws righty, and loves pickles… but hate cucumbers. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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