NPR anchor and alumnus Craig Windham dies at 66

Alumnus Craig Windham, a well-known NPR anchor, died on Feb. 28.

Windham, 66, died of a pulmonary embolism, according to a release from NPR. He is known for his work on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Windham received his master’s degree in education and human development from GW in 1998, followed by his Ph.D in counseling in 2008. He was an adjunct professor teaching courses in counseling and human development since 2001, according to his LinkedIn page.

Windham spent about two decades at NPR, covering the first Persian Gulf War, presidential campaigns, earthquakes and hurricanes, according to the release.

“Craig touched so many lives,” Robert Garcia, the executive producer of NPR’s Newscasts, told the staff in an email. “He was one the best reporters and anchors I have ever had the privilege of working with in my 40 years in this business. His beautiful writing, his use of sound, his calm, steady, gorgeous delivery — all marked the work of a caring journalist who loved nothing more than telling a good story, adding the texture that took you there, and leaving every listener invested in some way — moved or informed.”

Before joining NPR, Windham was a national correspondent for the Unistar/RKO radio networks and a news director at WASH-FM in Washington, D.C., according to the release.

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