Albany Herald: Public Broadcasting journalist Celeste Headlee addresses students at Albany State University Monday (Staff Photo: Chauntel Powell)
Albany Herald: Award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee, center, speaks with Karen Baynes-Dunning, right, as well as several Albany State University students Monday (Photo: Chauntel Powell)
ALBANY — Albany State University welcomed award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee on campus Monday. Headlee was the first to speak in ASU’s Community Speaker Series, and her segment was entitled “Through the Glass Ceiling: Women and Leadership.”
Headlee is the host of the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) daily news talk show “On Second Thought.” She has also appeared on NPR, PBS World, CNN, BBC and other international networks. Headlee is author of the book “Heard Mentality: An A to Z Guide to Taking Your Radio Show or Podcast from Idea to Hit.”
In front of a packed auditorium in ASU’s James Pendergrast Memorial Library, Headlee had a very candid conversation with students about the importance of hard work, especially in the early stages of one’s career, as well as the harsh reality of gender equality in the work place.
Headlee is also a classically trained soprano and the granddaughter of notable black composer William Grant Still. She told the ASU audience that music was actually her first love but journalism pays the bills. Headlee has performed her grandfather’s music in concerts and recitals, across the country for more than 15 years and has given lectures on his music for high schools and universities.
She is also the editor of the second edition of the book “William Grant Still and the Fusion of Cultures in American Music,” for which she compiled the first complete thematic catalog of Still’s works.