Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel, the journalist and radio host who used interviews with ordinary people to explore some of the central tenets of the American character, died October 31, 2008, at home in his beloved native city, Chicago. He was 96. Mr. Terkel's characteristics as an interviewer separated him from most of his fellow journalists. He was not cynical, but remained optimistic about the human character. He never grew jaded, but remained wildly, even comically enthusiastic about every person he encountered. And his main interest was not in the Big Story that would grab headlines, but in unveiling wider truths about broader concerns such as race relations and why people work.

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  • Also known as: Louis Terkel
  • Born: May 16, 1912 in New York, NY, USA
  • Death: Oct 31, 2008 in Chicago