I’ve been a fan of her show for years–I listen to it via podcast. She’s a great interviewer and she always has good guests discussing timely, important, national and international events.
I admire that she persevered despite the voice disorder she developed. I know some here have said they were put off by her voice–I think they’ve been missing a great show. Recently, however, I had noticed that she’s been away more and more often for ‘voice treatments,’ with guest hosts filling in for her, and I wondered if she might end up retiring soon. She lost her husband to Parkinson’s last year.
I’ve also noticed lately she doesn’t seem quite as on-the-ball as she used to be. See the recent (June) incident regarding her incorrect statement about Bernie Sanders and Israeli citizenship for an example. I’ve also heard her make a few other, smaller errors on air.
I’m glad she’s staying on through the elections. I hope NPR can find someone to fill her shoes, with the same intelligence and respect for her audience that Diane shows. She tolerates no guff from her guests–I always really appreciate that.