Gross began her radio career in 1973 at public radio station WBFO in Buffalo, New York. There she hosted and produced several arts, women's and public affairs programs, including This Is Radio, a live, three-hour magazine program that aired daily. Two years later, she joined the staff of WHYY-FM in Philadelphia as producer and host of Fresh Air, then a local, daily interview and music program. In 1985, WHYY-FM launched a weekly half-hour edition of Fresh Air with Terry Gross, which was distributed nationally by National Public Radio (NPR). Since 1987, a daily, one-hour national edition of Fresh Air has been produced by WHYY-FM; it now airs on 160 stations. Two compilation tapes of Fresh Air are available in the NPR Shop.
In addition to her work on Fresh Air, Gross has served as guest host for the weekday and weekend editions of NPR's All Things Considered. Her appearances include a spot as co-anchor of the PBS show, The Great Comet Crash, produced by WHYY-TV, a short series of interviews for WGBH-TV/Boston, and an appearance as guest-host for CBS Nightwatch.
Fresh Air with Terry Gross has received a number of awards, including the prestigious Peabody Award in 1994 for its "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insight." In 1987, the program received the Ohio State Award. In 1981, it won the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award for "Best Live Radio Program."
Terry Gross, born in Brooklyn, New York, received a bachelor's degree in English and an M.Ed. in Communications from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Gross has been honored with a 1989 Honorary Doctor of Letters from Drexel University and a 1993 Distinguished Alumni Award from SUNY Buffalo.