Robert Siegel, host of NPR's All Things Considered

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Robert Siegel, known to millions as the longtime host of NPR’s All Things Considered, retires today after 40 years with the network.

Siegel covered countless major stories for NPR. He was at Ground Zero in New York after the collapse of the World Trade towers on Sept 11, 2001. When a huge earthquake hit China in 2008, he and his colleagues headed for the epicenter to report on the devastation and its effect on the people who lived there. 

Siegel told Colorado Matters the worst moment days of his career came when he was NPR's acting news director at a time when the network was struggling to stay afloat. Once the finances stabilized, he said, he was proud to be part of the launches of  Weekend Edition Saturday and Fresh Air.

Siegel said he'll miss getting to talk to authors and filmmakers and ask questions about their work. "The whole idea of going to see a movie and never talking with the actors or the director, it feels a little incomplete to me at this point." 

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