Meridee Duddleston

News Reporter, Arts & Culture Reporter

Meridee began reporting in the newsroom at WRTI in 2003 while working toward a master's degree in journalism at Temple University.  Since that time, her duties have expanded to news anchor and contributor to WRTI's arts and culture series, Creatively Speaking.

A graduate of Hamline University School of Law, Meridee grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and practiced law before making a major leap into the world of journalism. She also holds a graduate degree from New York University School of Law and received a B.A in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

In 2011, Meridee was recognized for outstanding public affairs reporting by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (PAPBA) with awards for two News & Views stories. She received 1st place for "Baby Boomers Becoming Seniors: A Growing Population in Philadelphia," and 2nd place for "TUNE UP PHILLY: Classical Music Instruction as a Vehicle for Social Change."

Meridee can be heard weekday mornings between 6 and 10 am.

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News and Views
7:10 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Should You Choose A Low-Fat Or Low-Carbohydrate Diet? A New Study Weighs In On The Differences

Need to lose weight? Can't decide between two popular weight-loss strategies? In the largest study of its kind, researchers compared low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets over a two-year period. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston learns about the findings from lead researcher Gary Foster, PhD of Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education.

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News and Views
7:49 am
Mon November 15, 2010

TUNE UP PHILLY: The Local Start of an El Sistema-Inspired Endeavor

News and Views
11:54 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

What Does it Take to Get Young People Fired Up About Classical Music?

News and Views
3:35 pm
Mon March 24, 2008

Acclaimed Author Salman Rushdie Speaks with WRTI's Meridee Duddleston

Salman Rushdie, author

The author of The Satanic Verses reveals how he's moved far beyond the controversy ignited by the book's publication. Rushdie, who now spends one month a year teaching at Emory University, shares his insights on literature and the young, and the current status of fiction writing.

The Booker Prize winner entertained a packed audience at the Kimmel Center when he spoke as part of the 2007-2008 Philadelphia Speakers Series presented by Widener University, and sponsored by WRTI.

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Creatively Speaking
10:06 am
Sat December 16, 2006

Carl Tanner, Thomas Eakins, Children's Theater

Highlights from this week's program include: a conversation with tenor Carl Tanner. His latest CD is a celebration of great Christmas hymns and carols. Meridee Duddleston looks at how art is more and more being collected as an investment rather than for its esthetic value. Susan Lewis goes beyond the Gross Clinic controversy to profile the artist Thomas Eakins and explores his multifaceted legacy to Philadelphia. Jason Peifer looks at the growing popularity of children's theater and speaks with the creators and producers of several family-oriented productions in Philadelphia.

News and Views
11:21 am
Mon September 25, 2006

Amy Tan

First published in 1989, The National Endowment for the Arts recently chose Amy Tan's first novel, The Joy Luck Club, as one of its "Big Reads" for 2007. Meridee Duddleston had a chance to speak with the author whose first and subsequent works resonate with readers in the United States and around the world.

News and Views
2:49 pm
Mon October 17, 2005

Music and the Brain

Meridee Duddleston talks with scientists and older musicians who applaud the benefits of playing music.

News and Views
2:09 pm
Sat April 2, 2005

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin shares her perspectives on baseball, a professional challenge and Abraham Lincoln with Meridee Duddleston. Goodwin appeared at the Philadelphia Speakers Series.

News and Views
12:13 pm
Sat March 26, 2005

Pet Therapy

Members of the Deer Meadows Retirement Home community highlight the benefits of adding small animals to a living environment. Temple's John Shank, Ed.D., CTRS, chair of the Department of Therapeutic Recreation adds his views.

News and Views
10:09 am
Sat March 19, 2005

Type 2 Diabetes

In the last fifteen years overweight, obesity and type 2 diabetes have taken a parallel course upward. Meridee Duddleston talks with three physicians looking into this chronic disease.

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