Liane Hansen

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Liane Hansen
Born (1951-09-29) September 29, 1951 (age 70)
EducationUniversity of Hartford
Notable credit(s)Performance Today
Weekend All Things Considered
Weekend Edition Sunday
SpouseNeal Conan (1982–2011)

Liane Hansen (/lˈæn/; born September 29,[1] 1951,[2]) is an American journalist and radio personality. She was the host of the National Public Radio (NPR) newsmagazine Weekend Edition Sunday from 1989 until her retirement in May 2011. Her experience in broadcast journalism includes working as a reporter, producer, and host for local and national programs.


Hansen was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her first participation in public broadcasting was in 1976, when she became a production assistant and substitute host for then then-local public radio show Fresh Air in Philadelphia. In 1979, she joined NPR as a production assistant for All Things Considered. She later hosted Weekend All Things Considered, Performance Today and guest-hosted the Fresh Air after that program was in national syndication through NPR. In November 1989, Hansen joined Weekend Edition Sunday.

Hansen is the daughter of Edwin Hansen[3] and Lois Hansen. The spelling of Hansen's first name came from that of Liane de Pougy (1869–1950).[2] She was married to fellow NPR host Neal Conan with whom she has a son (Connor) and daughter (Casey). In April 2011, Hansen stated publicly that she and Conan were divorcing, in a parting described as "amicable".[4]

On May 30, 2010 Hansen announced that she would retire from Weekend Edition Sunday at the end of May 2011, a time that coincided with the end of her contract with NPR and with the lease on her apartment in Washington, DC. She intended to spend her retirement on Delaware's ocean shore.[5] Her last broadcast was May 29, 2011. After retiring, Hansen moved to Bethany Beach, Delaware, and helped launch Delaware's only public radio station, WDDE, and serves on its governing board.[6]


  1. ^ Will Shortz, Liane Hansen (September 28, 2008). Keep Plugging Away. Washington, D.C.: National Public Radio. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Liane Hansen (June 28, 2009). "Frears' 'Cheri' Both Sumptuous And Dark". Weekend Edition Sunday. NPR. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
  3. ^ "What's in a Song? 'The Man in the Bed'". NPR.
  4. ^ Elisabeth Albeck (April 29, 2011). "Keep Calm and Carry On: An evening with Liane Hansen". Urban Milwaukee. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  5. ^ Liane Hansen (May 30, 2010). "Dear Listeners: Liane Hansen Is Leaving". National Public Radio. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  6. ^ Patricia V. Rivera (July 12, 2014). "NPR legend Liane Hansen's passion for the arts". DelmarVANow. Retrieved June 21, 2016.