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Tom Ashbrook

Tom Ashbrook is best known as the host of the nationally syndicated NPR program On Point, but Ashbrook had a varied and fascinating career before turning to radio. Ashbrook was a journalist for two decades, both as a foreign correspondent (primarily in Eastern Asia) and as an editor for the Boston Globe. He has also worked as a surveyor and dynamiter in oil fields in Alaska and was also a TV personality in Hong Kong and a producer on kung fu films while he was abroad. In 1996 he left the Boston Globe to try to become an Internet entrepreneur. This venture lasted for four years and was chronicled in Ashbrook’s 2000 memoir, The Leap. Following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, Ashbrook was recruited for special coverage on NPR, which eventually evolved into the daily show On Point. Ashbrook has won the Livingston Prize for National Reporting and was a 1996 Harvard Nieman Fellow.

"Tom Ashbrook: The Power of Storytelling in the Digital Age"

On Point podcasts