Garrison Keillor: Just Passing Through

A pioneering force in radio

Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota from which he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969. From 1974 through 2016, he created and hosted his popular variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, for some 3.5 million listeners on 700 public radio stations coast to coast and beyond.

Keillor has been honored with Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His many books include Lake Wobegon DaysThe Book of GuysPilgrims: A Wobegon RomanceGuy Noir and the Straight Skinny, and The Keillor Reader (Viking). He is the host of the daily program The Writer’s Almanac and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places (Viking). In 2006, Keillor played himself in the movie adaptation of his show, a film directed by Robert Altman. He has two grandsons, and in 2007, he opened the independent bookstore Common Good Books in St. Paul, the city where he, his wife and daughter make their home.