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Terry Gross

Terry GrossBorn: 14-Feb-1951
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Female
Religion: Jewish [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Matter of Dispute [2]
Occupation: Radio Personality

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Host of Fresh Air on NPR

Joined Fresh Air at WHYY Philadelphia in 1975. Memorable Fresh Air interview subjects: Bill O'Reilly, Monica Lewinsky, Peter Boyle, Jann Wenner, Faye Dunaway, and Lou Reed have all walked out of interviews, objecting to Gross's line of questioning. A combative Gene Simmons got Gross on the defensive with his low-key hostility and tried to keep her off-balance throughout the interview. In a 2010 interview with comic Louis C. K., he mentioned that he always wears a shirt when having sex, which got Fresh Air dropped on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.


[1] Shel Horowitz, Interviewing the Interviewer: An Evening with Fresh Air's Terry Gross (2000).

[2] Terry Gross actually relishes that her sexual orientation is a matter of public dispute. From the introduction to her book All I Did Was Ask (2004): "My mother-in-law came with us [to a reception], and at one point I saw her laughing at something the wife of one of the other fellows had just said to her. She later explained that the woman had pointed at me and whispered, "Terry Gross is here. Did you know she's a lesbian?" That's one of the reasons I love working on radio: You might be a public figure but you're essentially just a voice, and this lets each person who listens form whatever image of you he or she wants-tall or short, fat or thin, sex bomb or schoolmarm, straight or gay."

Husband: (div.)
Husband: Francis Davis (Atlantic Monthly jazz critic, m. circa 1996)

    High School: Brooklyn, NY (1968)
    University:
BA English, SUNY Buffalo (1972)
    University: M.Ed. Communications, SUNY Buffalo (1975)

    National Public Radio Fresh Air
    Peabody 1994
    Risk Factors: Former Smoker

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Beaver (16-Mar-2011) · Herself
    Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains (7-Sep-2007) · Herself


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