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Noah Adams is an American broadcast journalist and author, known primarily for his more than thirty years of experience on National Public Radio. A former co-host of the daily All Things Considered program, he is currently the senior correspondent at the network's National Desk. As a bestselling author, Adams' books tend to document a full year in his life, specifically as that year relates to a particular passion or research project. Adams has also dabbled in major documentary projects, such as Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown in 1981. The program, which he wrote and narrated, earned him the Prix Italia, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and the Major Armstrong Award.

Adams was the host of the nationally syndicated Minnesota Public Radio variety show Good Evening, created in 1987 to replace A Prairie Home Companion after that show left the air.
 Good Evening ran for less than a year before being canceled; A Prairie Home Companion returned after a several-year hiatus.

Adams was born in Ashland, Kentuckymarker and is a graduate of Morehead State Universitymarker. He is married to Neenah Ellis, public radio producer and general manager of WYSOmarker-FM in Yellow Springsmarker, Ohiomarker, where they both make their home.


  • Saint Croix Notes: River Mornings, Radio Nights (1990) - A collection of Adams' essays.
  • Noah Adams on "All Things Considered": A Radio Journal (1992) - Follows his work for NPR during the volatile news year of June 4, 1989 to June 4, 1990. (ISBN 0-393-03043-1)
  • Piano Lessons : Music, Love, and True Adventures (1997) - Documented his struggles and random musings on learning how to play the piano at age 51. (ISBN 0-385-31821-9)
  • Far Appalachia : Following the New River North (2001) - Adams explores and researches the New River, in a journey from North Carolina to Mississippi. (ISBN 0-385-32013-2)
  • The Flyers: In Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright (2003) - Adams narrates the history of the Wright brothers' early aviation years by visiting the sites where history had been made. (ISBN 0-609-81032-4)


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