Katherine Lanpher is a writer and broadcaster whose first book, a memoir of her move to New York from Minnesota entitled "Leap Days," will be published this fall.
She was the host of a popular weekday call-in show on Minnesota Public Radio from 1998-2004 and also hosted "Talking Volumes," an interview show with authors ranging from Salman Rushdie to Margaret Atwood that was broadcast live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. She moved to Manhattan on Leap Day 2004 to co-host on "The Al Franken Show" as heard on Air America Radio and seen on the Sundance Channel and left a year and a half later to pursue work on her book. A former reporter and newspaper columnist, Lanpher's work has appeared in The New York Times, as well as More and Marie Claire magazines. She is the host and curator of the music and interview series held at the flagship Barnes and Noble store in Union Square, "Upstairs at the Square." She has been a guest host and commentator on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and has appeared on shows on CNN, MSNBC and PBS.
She lives in Greenwich Village. She occasionally fills in as host of The Leonard Lopate Show.