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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For more than 40 years, Sonia Manzano lived on Sesame Street. She played Maria, who taught her young viewers some of life’s most important lessons. She also had a knack for storytelling. This week, Manzano comes to Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts. She is there for an event paying homage to the women of the Jim Henson Company. We talked to her about her fondest memories on Sesame Street.

Break It Down: Climate Change

Feb 28, 2018
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Georgia saw some record low temperatures this winter. So some might be surprised to hear that 2017 was the warmest year on record for our state. Climate change is not well understood, and that’s partly because it’s so politicized. But that phrase does have a scientific meaning, totally separate from politics or punditry.

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The On Second Thought team says goodbye to Celeste Headlee, who ends her tenure as the show's host. In January, she announced that she was stepping down from the show, which she helped create. Celeste is moving back to Washington, DC to focus on writing her next book and guest hosting on NPR.

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Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts pays tribute this weekend to the women of the Jim Henson Company. Fran Brill of Savannah was the first female puppeteer Henson hired for Sesame Street. We talked with her about her long career on one of the most recognizable streets in America.

Ker-Chunk Games

Video games are a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry. Still, women make up only 20 percent of people working in the gaming industry. On top of that, most games these days are marketed to men and centered around very masculine protagonists. A new Atlanta-based game looks to challenge the stereotypes.

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We spent the hour hearing a panel discussion that Celeste Headlee hosted last week at the Carter Center in Atlanta. This conversation about workplace diversity was part of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Our Compelling Interests series.

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Last month, Atlanta became the first Georgia city to adopt inclusionary zoning ordinances. This requires developers to reserve housing for low income Atlantans around the Beltline and Mercedes Benz stadium. Is this a step in right direction for creating more affordable housing?

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most celebrated poets of her generation. Her unique style weaves together strong family ties, experiences as an African American woman growing up in the South, and her pride as an activist. Giovanni speaks Wednesday night at Atlanta’s Lovett School. She tells us that the country needs to come together amid so many divisions.