Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee

Journalist, Author, Musician, Speaker

As an NPR host and journalist, Celeste Headlee has interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life. Through her work, she has learned the true power of conversation and its ability to both bridge gaps or deepen wounds. In a time when conversations are often minimized to a few words in a text message and lack of meaningful communication and connection abounds, Celeste sheds a much-needed light on the lost and essential art of conversation.

In the spring of 2015, Ted.com featured Celeste’s TEDx talk on Ten Ways to Have Better Conversations creating a viral sensation listed as one of the most watched TED talks in 2016 (CNBC) and named the #1 must-watch TED talk for every recruiter and hiring manager (Glassdoor). To date, Ten Ways to Have Better Conversations has been viewed over 12,000,000 times.

Celeste is the current host of On Second Thought on Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta. A former host at National Public Radio, she anchored shows including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She also served as co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway, from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel. For many years, Celeste has also been a mentor and managing editor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project, training young reporters and editors in broadcasting.

In addition to her remarkable career as a speaker and journalist, Celeste has an impressive list of accolades as a musician and vocalist. A graduate of the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance at Northern Arizona University and her Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan.

Now, more than ever, it is critical that the human race begin to engage in thoughtful conversations and listen to one another. In We Need to Talk, Celeste shares how to have effective, meaningful, and respectful conversations in every area of our lives, providing the simple tools to help facilitate better conversations. Celeste’s new book, We Need To Talk – How to Have Conversations That Matter, arms readers with the skills they need to conduct productive dialogue. Celeste is available to speak about her TED talk(s) and/or her book and share her expertise, insights, tips and more on the critical art of conversation.

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