Celeste Headlee

The Takeaway

Celeste Headlee, is a former co-host of The Takeaway.

Before co-hosting The Takeaway, she was the Midwest Correspondent for NPR’s Day to Day, covering everything from the auto industry to art, the 2008 presidential election to toilet smuggling. From 2001-2006, Headlee was a reporter at public radio station WDET Detroit. Previously, she was the local Morning Edition anchor at public radio station KNAU in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Her news reports have aired on NPR, the Pacifica Network, National Native News and Public Radio International. She has also reported for the Detroit News. Her work has been honored with multiple awards from the Michigan Chapter of the Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and the Metro Detroit Society of Professional Journalists.
In addition to her journalistic background, Headlee is a classically trained soprano who has performed at the Michigan Opera Theater and various recitals around the country. She has contributed pieces to Chamber Music magazine, and is the granddaughter of “The Dean of African American composers,” William Grant Still.

Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) holds a bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University and a Master's in Music from the University of Michigan.  She lives in New Jersey.

Celeste Headlee appears in the following:

Sandy Springs, Georgia: The City of the Future?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Could cities soon change the way their governments work, and become self sufficient businesses? The city manager of an incorporated city in Georgia explains how his city could serve as a model for many others.


In Defense of Algebra

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Andrew Hacker, professor of political science at Queens College New York, recently proclaimed on The Takeaway that the age old belief that "algebra and mathematics generally sharpens ...

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Oversized Expectations for Newly Public Companies

Friday, July 27, 2012

Even though Facebook met its second quarter projections yesterday, Forbes pronounced that the earnings of Facebook represented the end of the internet bubble. Just how oversized are e...


Setting Rivalries Aside for National Unity

Friday, July 27, 2012

The summer Olympics are often characterized as a celebration of unity. But what happens when fierce rivals must work together to advance national team interests?

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My Son, the Boy Scout

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I understand the anger many people now feel toward the Boy Scouts of America. After a two-year, very secretive review, the organization has reaffirmed its decision not to allow gay boys to join or gay parents to serve.

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Self-made Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Investigated by Justice Department

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

One of the Republican party's largest financial backers, multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is under investigation. What this means for the Romney campaign and the man considered by s...

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Why Won't We Eat Our Veggies?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

America is fat. Skinny people are now the minority and even those of us who are not obese could stand to lose a few pounds. Here are the statistics that are scaring public health officials: More than one-third of American adults and about 12.5 million kids younger than 19 ...

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Celebrating Rowling and Her Voracious Readers

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fifteen years ago today, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" hit bookshelves in London. Today, her books are converting young readers to the idea that a new book can be as exci...
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Mexico Elections: Who is Enrique Peña Nieto?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

In four days, Mexicans go to the polls to chose a new president, the vote being held against the background of a violent drugs war and a slowing economy. In this audio essay, Celeste ...


Heroes and their Valets

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We have left the age of heroes behind us, perhaps forever. They say no man is a hero to his valet, and why is that? Because your personal attendant knows too much about you. He sees you with bed head, watches you swipe your runny nose when you have a ...

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Listeners Respond: What Sounds Are Going Extinct?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today we asked listeners: What sounds from your childhood are going extinct? Rotary phones? Dial-up connections? Tetris? We compiled the responses into an audio essay.

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And You Call Yourself an American?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

What is essential knowledge for an American citizen? For the government, that's not a philosophical question, it's a pragmatic list of essential civic knowledge, codified in the citizenship test. Think you could pass? Try it out with this practice test from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services department.

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Street Fighting Man: A Detroit Documentary

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Street Fighting Man is a documentary about three generations of men living on the east side of Detroit. It shows what happens to communities who have been left with no option but to f...

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Audio Essay: Limbaugh Controversy Another Example of Disrespect in American Culture

Friday, March 09, 2012

After Georgetown University Law student Sandra Fluke spoke on Capitol Hill about her university's coverage of contraception, radio host Rush Limbaugh criticized her on his show. Those comments quickly went viral, and over 40 of Limbaugh's advertisers have pulled their sponsorship of the radio show.

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After The Takeaway: Celeste Headlee on the Women's World Cup and the Dangers of a Heat Wave

Monday, July 18, 2011

In this video, host Celeste Headlee provides her take on today's show which touched on some tough topics, including the continued dispute over the debt ceiling in Washington and the growing scandal surrounding News Corp. across the pond. Here, Celeste turns her focus elsewhere, congratulating the U.S. women's soccer team on their efforts in yesterday's final World Cup match against Japan, and warning our listeners against the dangers of the current heat wave.  

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After The Takeaway: Celeste Headlee's Reaction to Today's Show

Monday, July 11, 2011

We're having fun with a new feature: quick videos with hosts after the show. In today's episode, host Celeste Headlee reacts to our coverage of the continuing battle over principle in Washington's debt ceiling talks, and the continuing struggle for America's unemployed. Are they focused on the right priorities? It's a question we've been asking listeners, and one that has generated a lot of response. 

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My America: Celeste Headlee and The Patriotism of Journalism

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Through our series, "My America," we've been asking a lot of people whether they consider themselves patriots. I'd like to answer that question for myself. I love my country and I love my countrymen. If the measure of patriotism is a willingness to defend your country (not your government), then I am a patriot. 

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Celeste Headlee Shares Her Summer Reading List

Monday, July 04, 2011

In July, our Summer Book Club continues. This month, Celeste Headlee picks her reads. She explains her reading philosophy with a little help from our listeners, noting that heavy lifting doesn't necessarily fit with the beach. She says your summer reading should keep your mind "high and light." 


Long Shots: The Oddballs and the No-Shot Presidential Candidates

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pundits have been noting what they see as some long-shot candidates in the running for president in 2012. Most agree that Michele Bachmann is probably a long- shot. But at one time a fresh-faced senator from Illinois was considered a long shot for the presidency, and yet here we are. This is America, where anything can happen with a lot of hard work and keeping your "eyes on the prize," right? Celeste Headlee takes us through an exploration of long shots in U.S. history.

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100th Anniversary of Gustav Mahler's Death

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler's death. Celeste Headlee remembers the impressive works of the world famous composer that still resonate today. The late Romantic Austrian-Bohemian composer, who at the end of his life directed the New York Philharmonic, was famous for an obsession with composing symphonies.

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