One of NPR’s most distinctive and recognizable voices, Wade Goodwyn passed away on Thursday from cancer. The longtime National Desk Correspondent was 63 years old at the time of his death.

Who was Wade Goodwyn?

Wade Goodwyn was a National Desk Correspondent for National Public Radio. Goodwyn started out in radio as a freelancer before joining NPR in 1991. His coverage was centered on local Texas news.

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Wade covered major topics like the Oklahoma City bombing, school shootings, hurricanes, the American Sniper murder trial, and the Boy Scouts sexual abuse crisis for more than 25 years while reporting on his home state of Texas and the southwest of the United States.

Cause of death:

According to initial reports, Goodwyn’s death was a result of cancer. Medical authorities have yet to give out more details about Wade’s passing.


He died on June 8, 2023. He was 63 years old at the time of his death.

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Wade was the child of Duke University’s history professor, liberal activist, and journalist Lawrence Goodwyn. His mother’s identity is unknown.


Wade Goodwyn was married to Sharon Sandell. Goodwyn worked out of a home studio in Dallas, Texas. The couple shared two children together, daughters named Hannah and Sam Goodwyn.


Robert Siegel, the anchor of All Things Considered, introduced Goodwyn to the NPR employment department in 1991. Goodwyn started out as a freelancer without any prior radio or journalistic experience, learning radio methods from his first editor, Judith Doherty.

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He traveled to Waco, Texas in 1993 to supplement John Burnett’s reporting on the 1993 Branch Davidian siege as National Desk Correspondent. As a result of his handling of the initial interview with a former Branch Davidian, the story developed into a significant national one, and Goodwyn was hired by NPR as a staff correspondent.

Goodwyn was well recognized for his baritone voice, which, according to him, got deeper with age. In 2023, on April 28th, he left NPR.

Net Worth:

According to, the news correspondent’s net worth was $926,278.