Renée Montagne was born in Oceanside in California, USA. She is best known as the co-host from 2004 to 2016, of the National Public Radio's flagship news programme, 'Morning Edition.' She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in English, and began her award-winning journalism career at an independent community radio station in San Francisco, KPOO, which dubs itself 'poor people's radio.' Montagne travelled to South Africa in 1990, arriving the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and covered the nation's transition to democracy up to President Mandela's inauguration. She has worked extensively in Afghanistan since 9/11.