'Fresh Air' Host Terry Gross, Wynton Marsalis Among National Humanities Medal Honorees
September 16, 2016 at 5:56 AM (PT)
President BARACK OBAMA has announced that NPR and WHYY/PHILADELPHIA "FRESH AIR" host TERRY GROSS and jazz composer/musician WYNTON MARSALIS will be among the recipients of the National Humanities Medal, to be awarded at a White House ceremony on SEPTEMBER 22nd for the calendar year 2015.
“Our understanding of ourselves, our history and our culture have been deepened and transformed by these extraordinary humanities medalists,” said NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES Chairman WILLIAM ADAMS. “I am proud to join President OBAMA in celebrating the achievements of these distinguished individuals.”
The recipients will include authors RUDOLFO ANAYA, RON CHERNOW, JAMES MCBRIDE, LOUIS MENAND, ELAINE PAGELS, ABRAHAM VERGHESE, and ISABEL WILKERSON; celebrity chef JOSÉ ANDRÉS; poet LOUISE GLÜCK; and the PRISON UNIVERSITY PROJECT at SAN QUENTIN. MARSALIS is not scheduled to be present at the ceremony.