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Diane Rehm named to Washingtonian’s list of “100 Most Powerful Women”

Diane Rehm, host of WAMU 88.5 and NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, has been named one of “100 Most Powerful Women” by Washingtonian magazine.

Compiled by magazine editors, the list recognizes women leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. In addition to Rehm, the 2011 list includes First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, among others.

“It is quite an honor to be included among these distinguished women who influence every sphere of life,” said Rehm. “I am grateful to Washingtonian for choosing me to receive this kind recognition.”

Washingtonian’s “100 Most Powerful Women” list appears in the magazine’s October issue.

Diane Rehm is a native Washingtonian who began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer for WAMU 88.5. In 1979, she was selected to host WAMU 88.5’s local morning talk show, Kaleidoscope, which was renamed The Diane Rehm Show in 1984. The Diane Rehm Show has grown from a local morning talk show to a public broadcasting powerhouse. Syndicated to more than 160 NPR member stations and more than 70 HD Radio channels nationwide, and heard by overseas listeners through NPR Worldwide, the Armed Forces Network, and Sirius XM Radio, Diane now reaches an audience of more than 2.3 million listeners weekly. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Peabody award.

American University’s radio station since 1961, WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington, D.C., area. With more than 735,000 listeners in the Washington-Baltimore region, WAMU 88.5 is where “the mind is our medium.” WAMU also broadcasts from 88.3 Ocean City on the Delmarva peninsula and in Washington on three HD channels — the flagship frequency at 88.5–1; WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, a bluegrass and Americana station, at 88.5–2; and WAMU–3, at 88.5–3, a news and information station broadcasting international coverage from the BBC and offering public radio programs unavailable elsewhere in the Washington area. For more information, visit wamu.org.

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