NewsHour' Correspondent Elizabeth Farnsworth

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on January 20, 2002

Elizabeth Farnsworth, who is on PBS' The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, is one of our favorites. What can you tell us about her?
—Thelma P., Utah

Farnsworth joined the news program as a contributing correspondent in 1984 and became chief correspondent and principal substitute anchor in 1995. She became a senior correspondent in October 1999, concentrating on foreign affairs and the arts from The NewsHour office in San Francisco. Farnsworth also has produced and directed several documentaries for PBS. Born in Minneapolis and raised in Topeka, Kan., Farnsworth knew at an early age that she wanted to be a foreign correspondent. She graduated from Middlebury College in 1965 and earned her master's degree in history from Stanford University. She is married to attorney Charles Farnsworth and has two children and two grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to garden, ski, play piano, and read poetry. "I'm much more lighthearted than I appear on camera," she says. "People say I'm more irreverent than I appear to be." Farnsworth lives in Berkeley, Calif.