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Peter Sagal of “Wait Wait…” to speak at WWC Commencement May 17


The wait just got shorter: Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s long-running “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me,” is returning to Asheville in May.

This time, however, Sagal isn’t bringing his popular show, as he did in August at Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Instead, he’ll bring a commencement address – his first – to be delivered May 17 at the 2014 Warren Wilson College Commencement. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Sunderland Lawn.

Sagal became host of “Wait Wait” in May 1998, just a few months after its debut as a news-quiz show produced by WBEZ-Chicago. The NPR show is now heard by more than four million people each week via 600 public radio stations and a popular podcast. The program airs locally on WCQS – 88.1 FM.

Here’s how Sagal describes himself in a brief bio:

“He’s won a Peabody Award, and was No. 8 on the list of Best Jews from New Jersey by New Jersey Jewish News. Last spring, he hosted ‘Constitution USA with Peter Sagal,’ a four-hour documentary on how the U.S. Constitution is lived today, for PBS. If you haven’t heard of him, your parents probably have.

“He also is, or has been, or might be again, an award-winning playwright, screenwriter (‘Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights’), correspondent for a motorcycle magazine, marathoner, columnist for Runner’s World, author (‘The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How to Do Them’), stage director, late night TV guest, actor and journalist. He has three daughters and lives in Chicago.”

The 2014 Commencement at Warren Wilson College will be the 46th at which the College has awarded bachelor’s degrees. Warren Wilson began transitioning academically from a two-year to four-year institution in 1967, when it first offered upper-division classes. It added the low-residency MFA Program for Writers, the College’s acclaimed graduate program, in 1981.


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