Celeste Headlee

Host & Exceutive Producer - On Second Thought

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist who hosts GPB Radio’s “On Second Thought,” weekdays from 9 – 10 a.m. She has  appeared on NPR, PBS World, CNN, BBC and other networks and began working as a public radio journalist in 1999. She was formerly a host at National Public Radio, anchoring shows like “Tell Me More,” “Talk of the Nation,” “All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition.” Until September of 2012, Celeste was the co-host of the national morning news show, “The Takeaway” from PRI and WNYC.  


In 2014, she narrated the documentary “Packard: The Last Shift” for the Detroit Free Press. Headlee has won numerous awards for reporting from the Associated Press. She was selected twice to be a Getty/Annenberg Journalism Fellow and was selected as a fellow with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. She was also among the first fellows in Reporting on Native Stories for National Native News. For many years, she was a mentor and managing editor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project, training young reporters and editors in broadcasting.



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Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal announced his pick for Deputy Commissioner for Rural Georgia. In January, GPB Special Correspondent Celeste Headlee looked at legislative efforts to improve services like health care and internet access in rural parts of the state. She spoke with Mark Niesse, a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Sharon Wright Austin, Political Science Professor at the University of Florida.


On Second Thought Host Celeste Headlee announced in January she would step down from her post. Headlee has been with the program since it launched on GPB in 2014. Adam Ragusea talks with Headlee about her time as host, and what the future holds for public radio.

A new book by religious scholar Reza Aslan challenges some very old ideas about religion, and how we describe a higher power. The book is, “GOD: A Human History.” It hit shelves in November. We caught up with Reza Aslan ahead of an appearance in Atlanta.

All hour, we look back at some of the best conversations by Celeste Headlee, who stepped down last week as host of On Second Thought. The B-52’s have been a major part of Georgia’s music scene since the 1970’s, when it formed in Athens. The band’s meteoric rise was fueled by hits like Love Shack. We revisit our conversation with The B-52’s Kate Pierson about the release of her first solo album.

All hour, we look back at some of the best conversations by Celeste Headlee, who stepped down last week as host of On Second Thought. Colin Mochrie may have one of the fastest minds around, and a mouth to match. The comedian is best known for his role on Whose Line Is It Anyway? Audiences in Atlanta can see him live on March 16 at Dad’s Garage.

Actor George Takei first came to fame as a young “Sulu” in the original Star Trek series. But he’s since become an active voice in promoting equal rights for LGBT people. We spoke to Takei last year when the play “Allegiance” was showing in Atlanta movie theaters. The play is inspired by Takei’s experiences in a U.S. internment camp during World War II.


All hour, we look back at some of the best conversations by Celeste Headlee, who stepped down as host of ‘On Second Thought’ last week. The list of nicknames and titles for filmmaker John Waters is long and legend. Waters is more than a filmmaker. He’s an actor, writer, fashion icon, stand-up comedian and art collector. We talked to him last year ahead of his one-man show in Atlanta called “A John Waters Christmas.”

All hour, we looked back at some of the best conversations by Celeste Headlee, who recently stepped down as host of ‘On Second Thought."

We started off the show with our chat with Henry Winkler, best known as “The Fonz” on TV’s Happy Days. Winkler came to Georgia last summer for the Decatur Book Festival. He’s the co-creator of a popular children’s book series that centers on Hank Zipzer, a young boy with learning difficulties.

Of Montreal / Polyvinyl Record Co.

Not too many indie bands can say they’ve gone strong for more than 20 years. Athens group Of Montreal is an exception. Founded by Kevin Barnes in the late 90s, the band has released 14 full length albums. Their 15th album, called "White Is Relic / Irrealis Mood," comes out on March 9th. We talk with Barnes about the vision behind this latest record.

The Satanic Temple has been trying provide a secular alternative to traditional religion for over two decades. What is the mission of the Temple, and what are common misconceptions? The Atlanta Chapter is fighting to host an official after-school program in Cobb County schools. We talk to Atlanta Chapter head Fred Mephisto about the goals of his organization.

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You might not know his name, but you’ll definitely recognize his voice. Caroll Spinney plays the role of Big Bird on the Sesame Street, where he also does the voice of Oscar the Grouch. Spinney has been with the show since its inception in 1969. We re-visit a conversation we had with him in 2015.