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The Curious Listener: An UPDATE Of Presidential Proportion

by George T. Gary III
Jan 24, 2013

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Our inaugural Curious Listener post focused on NPR broadcast style for talking about the President of the United States on first, second and subsequent references. As the next term begins, however, we're practicing some new policies when it comes to talking about the country's Chief Executive.

For decades, listeners have heard our reporters and hosts say "the President," "President (last name)," and "Mister (last name)" on air. Now NPR News is dropping the "Mister" requirement from our stylebook.

Find out why in the first-ever Curious Listener UPDATE, a conversation between NPR Listener Services and one listener:

Send your questions about the inner workings of NPR, something you heard during a program, or anything else NPR-related to NPR Listener Services. Your question and the answer might even end up on the This is NPR blog.

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Letter to NPR: I believe it to be more proper when refering to official actions of the president that you identify him as "President Obama" not "Mr. Obama" as you sometimes do. He has earned and deserves the respect the title confers. Richard Glendora, CA

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