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NPR news anchor Carl Kasell dies at 84, after a lifelong career on air: NPR



Kasell began to practice his voice as a newsreader as a child and got his first on-air job at the age of 16. He was the host of NPR's news programs for more than 30 years and later served as Judge and Secretary of the News Quiz Show Wait Wait … Do not tell me!

(links) Courtesy Carl Kasell; (right) Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images


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(links) Courtesy Carl Kasell; (right) Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Every day of the week for more than three decades, his baritone stabilized our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unwavering authority to the news. But behind it hides a vivid sense of humor that was revealed to listeners late in his career when he became the beloved judge and official secretary for Wait Wait … NPR's Quiz Show

Kasell died on Tuesday complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac, Maryland. He was 84 years old.

He began to prepare as a child for the role of the newscaster. "I sometimes hid behind the radio and pretended to be in the air," he said in 2009, remembering his childhood in Goldsboro, NC


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