Robert Siegel Biography
Robert Siegel (Robert Charles Siegel) is an American radio journalist. He was one of the co-hosts of the National Public Radio evening news broadcast All Things Considered from 1987 until his retirement in January 2018.
He grew up in Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village. His maternal uncle claimed to have descended from rabbinical scholar Mordechai Yoffe and Siegel recognized him as Jewish on-air. Siegel studied at Columbia University after graduating from Stuyvesant in 1964 and graduated in 1968.
Robert Siegel Age
He was born on 26 June 1947 in New York, New York, United States. He is currently 71 years old.
Robert Siegel Early life and education
Siegel was born to parents Joseph and Edith Siegel (born Joffe) on 26 June 1947 in New York City. His dad was a professor of business education and his mom was a secretary at Stuyvesant High School. He grew up in Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village. His maternal uncle claimed to have descended from rabbinical scholar Mordechai Yoffe and Siegel recognized him as Jewish on-air. Siegel studied at Columbia University after graduating from Stuyvesant in 1964 and graduated in 1968.
He is currently on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, Formation of New Ventures, The Industrialist’s Dilemma and Entrepreneurial Finance. In these classes, he has led research and written cases on companies including Google, Box, AngelList, SurveyMonkey, Zuora, Minted, 500 Startups, TrueCar, Axel Springer, General Electric and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others.
Robert is the Co-President of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community, as well as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech in Vienna, Austria. He has co-authored several articles for California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor to Forbes and VentureBeat.
Prior to joining XSeed, Robert was General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. Robert was also Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, Robert was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world’s first digital picture frame, and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices.
Robert served in various management roles at Intel Corporation, including an executive position in their Corporate Business Development division, in which he invested capital in startups that were strategically aligned with Intel’s vision. Previous to Intel, Robert was promoted to a series of senior sales and marketing positions at GeoWorks, which went public in 1993. Robert holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University is the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove’s book Only the Paranoid Survive.
Robert Siegel Career
Siegel’s first professional broadcasting job was at WGLI in Babylon, New York, where the “morning newscasts and a telephone-in show, part Top Forty, all under the pseudonym Bob Charles.” After a year at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Siegel left the academy for good and worked for WRVR in New York between 1971 and 1976.
Siegel was employed in 1976 as a newscaster for NPR in Washington, D.C. and has since held numerous news and manufacturing employment at NPR. He was referred to as “Bob” rather than his favorite “Robert” in broadcasts prior to the discussions on the Panama Canal Treaty. From 1979 to 1983 he was based in London, making him the first NPR staffer to be based abroad.
Upon his return to America, he became the head of the News and Information Department and was accountable for supervising the development of both the All Things Considered and the Morning Edition, as well as the development of the Weekend Edition.
In 1992, he took a brief break to host Talk of the Nation, the call-in talk show of the NPR. In 2010, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism presented Siegel with the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. In addition, Siegel received three Silver Batons from Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University and the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association.
Robert Siegel Stanford
Robert Siegel researches strategy and innovation in both large and small companies, as well as the opportunities and challenges that technological change brings to these firms. Additionally, Robert teaches product management and product development best practices and methods, as well as entrepreneurial finance over the life-cycle of growing companies.
Robert Siegel Retiring
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the median number of years that American workers have been working for their current employer is a little over four. I say that to acknowledge how unusual it is that I have been working at National Public Radio for a little over 40 years — 41, to be precise. For the past 30 years, I’ve been doing the same job: hosting All Things Considered. And doing it very happily. No one is more surprised by my tenure than I am.
Robert Siegel opened NPR’s first overseas bureau in London. He was posted there from 1979 to 1983. I came to NPR on what I thought was an unfortunate but necessary detour that — I hoped and figured — would last a couple of years. I’m a native New Yorker and the New York FM radio station where I worked was sold in 1976 and — to put it mildly — I didn’t figure in the new owner’s plans.
Leaving New York felt like what I imagine it feels like when a player for the Yankees was sent down to play for the Toledo Mud Hens. No matter, I figured, I would work my way back to civilization. The fact that I am still here is a tribute to how colossally wrong I was about that. At the NPR of the late 1970s, I found myself among a team of young, creative people, as uncynical a group of broadcasters I could have possibly imagined.