WHYY's Lifelong Learning Award
Honoring Lidia Bastianich

Lifelong Learning Award logo Lidia Bastianich


THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2023
5:30 P.M.

WHYY is delighted to announce that Lidia Bastianich will be honored with WHYY’s 21st Annual Lifelong Learning Award on May 18th at a hybrid award presentation and reception.

Started in 2002, the WHYY Lifelong Learning Award recognizes an honoree who has demonstrated a passion for lifelong learning for themselves and for all those they can inspire. Previous recipients include President Joseph R. Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff and more.

The highlight of this event will be the opportunity to experience a live interview of Lidia by Terry Gross, host and co-executive producer of Fresh Air, before the interview is broadcast on Fresh Air. In-person guests are also invited to attend a VIP reception at WHYY with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a behind-the-scenes tour of WHYY and a photo opportunity with Lidia.


Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning public television host, best‐selling cookbook author, successful restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has always combined her two passions in life—her family and food. As a child she learned to cook from her grandmother and aunt, and then she cooked for family when they moved to America as refugees. Today she has created multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Lidia has published numerous cookbooks, co-authored with her daughter, as well as her memoir: My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. Lidia has earned seven James Beard Awards and two Emmy Awards. She is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier and founding member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, two non-profit organizations of women leaders in the food and hospitality industries. She is also a champion for the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s Adopt-A-Future program, in support of refugee education.

Proceeds from this event will support WHYY’s commitment to encouraging lifelong learning and advancing civic engagement through storytelling, education and community dialogue.

Please contact Nathalie Bessette at 215-351-1263 or nbessette@whyy.org with any questions.


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