Award-winning Broadcaster to Deliver Annual Dean Stone Lecture at UM

March 26, 2019

Celeste HeadleeMISSOULA – In a time when conversations often are minimized to a few words in a text message, the University of Montana School of Journalism will welcome an award-winning journalist as its Dean Stone lecturer to share the importance of meaningful communication.

Celeste Headlee, a 20-year public radio veteran, will present “Ten Ways to Have Better Conversations” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the University Center Theater. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Her TEDx Talk on the same topic has more than 19 million views to date.

Headlee has interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life in her two-decade career. She has produced “On Second Thought” at Georgia Public Radio and anchored programs, such as “Tell Me More,” “Talk of the Nation,” “All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition.” She also served as co-host of the national morning news show “The Takeaway” from PRI and WNYC and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel.

 Through her work, Headlee has learned the true power of conversation and its ability to both bridge gaps or deepen wounds. She is an expert in human nature, reclaiming common humanity and finding well-being. Headlee frequently provides insight and commentary on what is good for all humans and what is bad, focusing on the best research in neural and social science to understand how we relate with one another and can work together in beneficial ways in our workplaces, neighborhoods, communities and homes. As a mixed race journalist of black and Jewish descent, Headlee also speaks candidly about how to converse on race and other difficult subjects.

In addition to her broadcast career, she has written the books “Heard Mentality” and “We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter.”

Headlee serves as an advisory board member for and the National Conversation Project. She most recently served as co-host for season three of the “Scene on Radio” podcast. Her work and insights have been featured on the TODAY show, as well as Oprah Magazine, Wired Inc., NPR, Time, Essence, Elle, BuzzFeed, Salon, Parade and many more.

Each spring the UM School of Journalism honors its founder, Dean Arthur Stone, and current journalism students with a two-night celebration featuring a guest lecturer, followed by an awards banquet. The annual Dean Stone Awards and Scholarship Banquet offers UM journalism students more than $150,000 in scholarships and awards each year.

Founded in 1914, the School of Journalism is now in its second century of preparing students to think critically, act ethically and communicate effectively. The school recently was named one of the top 10 journalism programs in the country by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

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Contact: Denise Dowling, interim dean, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4143,