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Peter Sagal
Peter Sagal visits the Northern Public Radio studios in 2000.

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News Release

Contact: Angie Schroeder, University Libraries
(815) 753-8091

August 14, 2008


Wait wait…don’t tell me who will help
Friends of NIU Libraries celebrate 25th anniversary

NPR’s Peter Sagal to make Sept. 30 appearance on campus

DeKalb, Ill. — Friends of Northern Illinois University Libraries will mark its 25th anniversary with a celebration featuring an appearance by Peter Sagal, host of National Public Radio's popular program, “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!”

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, 231 N. Annie Glidden Road. A reception with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be held prior to Sagal’s 7:45 p.m. talk, which will be followed by a book signing.

Tickets to the event cost $25 and can be purchased by calling Angie Schroeder at (815) 753-8091.

Sagal has been the host of “Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!” since May 1998. The program attracts 2.5 million listeners each week, as Sagal, NPR veteran newscaster Carl Kasell, and well-known guest panelists discuss and review current events of the week in the form of a quiz. Sagal also travels the country with his quiz show playing at sold-out theaters.

Additionally, Sagal is author of “The Book of Vice (Naughty Things and How to Do Them),” a series of comic essays about people who misbehave and why. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during Sagal’s NIU appearance courtesy of Arcadia Discount Books, 203 E. Locust St., which also will have displays of the book at its store in anticipation of the event.

A native of Berkeley Heights, N.J., Sagal attended Harvard University and has worked as an actor, literary manager, stage director, travel writer, essayist and ghostwriter. He also has penned numerous plays that have been performed in large and small venues across the country and abroad. He now lives in Chicago with his family.

The Friends of NIU Libraries was founded in 1983 as an association of library supporters interested in developing and supporting the resources of University Libraries. Through membership, gifts and bequests, the group provides funds for the purchase of materials that the library is unable to acquire. Throughout the year, the Friends also hosts speakers, programs and book appraisal fairs open to the public.

For directions to the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center and parking information, see For more information on the event, call (815) 753-8091 or e-mail

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