Wed December 16, 2009
Carl Kasell Retiring
Kansas City , Mo. –
Steve Kraske talks with Carl Kasell about his decision to retire, his favorite stories over the last 30 years, and why he's refusing to give up his spot on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
Carl Kasell is the official judge and scorekeeper for NPR's weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, which premiered in January 1998. Kasell also provides newscasts at the top of each hour throughout NPR's daily newsmagazine Morning Edition, a role he has held since the program's inception in 1979. A veteran broadcaster, Carl Kasell's radio career spans more than 50 years.
Kasell joined NPR in 1975 as a part-time newscaster for Weekend All Things Considered, and later became a full-time NPR newscaster for Morning Edition.
Kasell was fascinated by radio at a young age, and recalls playing deejay with his grandmother's wind-up Victrola in Goldsboro. He worked at a local radio station part-time during high school, and was an actor in local theater.
Kasell is also an accomplished magician and a UNC basketball fan. He currently lives with his wife Mary Ann in Washington, DC.