Meridee Duddleston

News Reporter, Arts Desk 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 morning news anchor and contributor of weekly Arts Desk features.

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 & Views
6:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Waist Not, What Now? A Slight Look at Weight Loss

Taking action against the battle of the bulge can feel like an Olympian effort, deserving of a bronze, silver, or gold. And there's always a new magical promise for dropping those pounds. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston checks in with leading obesity experts about what actually works when it comes to slimming down.

Classical Stories
10:37 am
Fri May 25, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra Files Plan of Reorganization

The Philadelphia Orchestra has filed its plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in which it has agreed to pay $5.49 million to creditors. Just over a year after seeking relief in bankruptcy court, the Orchestra has realigned key financial obligations by moving from a defined benefit to defined contribution retirement plan, renegotiating its lease with the Kimmel Center, and ending its relationship with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.

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News & Views
6:36 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Sweet Jazz Notes from WRTI's Jazz Hosts

News and Views
9:21 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Curious about Classical? Our Hosts Share Some Interesting Musical Facts

News and Views
9:03 am
Sat June 11, 2011

TUNE UP PHILLY: Classical Music Instruction as a Vehicle for Social Change - Part 2

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.

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