Joe Donahue

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Visiting Faculty

For over 35 years, Joe Donahue - the award-winning host of WAMC/ Northeast Public Radio’s The Roundtable - has been widely recognized for fostering insightful, thought-provoking conversation. Donahue offers his listeners some of the world's most fascinating people and subjects. He is a lifelong advocate of reading and writers and hosts the nationally syndicated, The Book Show.


Donahue is the Senior Director of News and Programming for WAMC and has been with the station since 1994. He is best known for his continuing work as a talk show host and interviewer on the daily talk program, The Roundtable. Mix a roster of amazing guests and intelligent questions and you get interviews Metroland described as “in a category by themselves” and “distinguished by a blend of warmth and empathy, genuine curiosity, and sharp intelligence.” The Roundtable's hallmark is interviews by host and executive producer Donahue and his unique approach. The daily award-winning Roundtable program airs daily from 9-12 AM on the WAMC/Northeast Public Radio network, where Donahue has dedicated his career to the excellence of radio broadcasting. He also hosts the nationally syndicated half hour chat with renowned authors, The Book Show.

Donahue has been honored with over 50 national and local awards for his interviewing achievements, including the prestigious Scripps-Howard Excellence in Electronic Journalism Award and several Edward R. Murrow awards. He is also an adjunct professor at his alma mater, The College of St. Rose, teaching interviewing and radio production. His voice has been used for major exhibits at museums, including at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and in the award-winning documentary, Indian Point. Donahue was a visiting faculty member at Bennington from Fall 2021 - Fall 2022, and returns for Spring 2024.