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Katherine Lanpher
Born 1959
Moline, Illinois
Education Northwestern University,
University of Chicago
Occupation Writer, journalist, broadcaster, podcaster
Notable credit(s) St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist, co-host of The Al Franken Show, author of Leap Days: Chronicles of a Midlife Move

Katherine Lanpher (born 1959)[1][2] is an American writer, journalist, broadcaster, and podcaster, who came to national prominence as the co-host of the Air America Radio program The Al Franken Show in 2004 and 2005.

Lanpher started her career with internships at the Muskegon Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and the Chicago Sun-Times. Lanpher worked for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for sixteen years (the last six as a columinist)[3], then left to host Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning program from August 1998 until January 20, 2004.

Lanpher moved to New York City in 2004 to co-host the Air America Radio flagship program The O'Franken Factor[4] She left the show on October 7, 2005 to write a memoir concerning her move to New York City, where she current resides.[5] Her memoir is entitled Leap Days: Chronicles of a Midlife Move (ISBN 0821258303) and was published on October 10, 2006 by Springboard Press.

On January 4, 2007, More magazine announced that Lanpher would host an hour-long weekly broadcast on XM Satellite Radio called More Time; it debuted January 16 on XM's "Take Five" channel. The announcement said the broadcast would "celebrate the lifestyles of 40+ women with coverage of real women, health, fashion, beauty, travel, entertainment and more.[6] The show ended on or before XM's merger with Sirius Radio.

Since July 2008, Lanpher has been a contributor to WNYC's The Takeaway.[7]


Lanpher interviewing Nick Cave in New York City, 2009.

Since 2006[8], Lanpher has hosted the monthly "Upstairs at the Square" for Barnes & Noble, currently available as a podcast[9] and since March 2008 as part of the Barnes & Noble Studio.[10] In 2009, Lanpher became the host of TIME Financial Toolkit, a Time magazine podcast in which she talks to "TIME business and economics reporters to sort through the headlines, forecasts, news and numbers."[11]


Lanpher graduated with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and with a master’s degree in American Cultural History from the University of Chicago.[3]


  1. ^ "Celebrity From the Midwest Finds a New Life in New York". The New York Times. February 19, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-01. "Katherine Lanpher's middle age began 46 years ago when she was born into a practical and planned existence."  
  2. ^ "Moline native writes of her ‘Leap'". Quad-City Times. December 3, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-01. "Now 47, Lanpher said she was at a good point for her 'midlife move.'"  
  3. ^ a b Lanpher from her official website
  4. ^ "Al Franken Is a Big Fat Radio Host". Rolling Stone. Apr 21, 2004. Retrieved 2009-08-01. "Before moving to New York to take part in The O'Franken Factor, Lanpher had her own show, Midmorning, on Minnesota Public Radio. One of the things she's in charge of teaching Franken is the necessity of a format."  
  5. ^ Katherine Lanpher on Twitter
  6. ^ More Magazine Launches “More Time” ON XM Radio, a January 2007 news release from XM Satellite Radio
  7. ^ Katherine Lanpher's Latest Stories from The Takeaway
  8. ^ Barnes & Noble's Acclaimed "Upstairs at the Square" Series Celebrates Three Years of Innovative & Eclectic Events with Three Blockbuster Shows, a May 2009 Business Wire release
  9. ^ Upstairs at the Square from
  10. ^ Barnes & Noble Launches `Barnes & Noble Studio', a March 2008 Business Wire release via Reuters
  11. ^ TIME Financial Toolkit, from FeedBurner

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