Nan Graham


Nan Graham has deep roots in Alabama and Carolina soil. She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with an AB in English. She obtained her Masters degree from The Citadel in Charleston. In 1995 Nan began broadcasting her bi- weekly commentaries on WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington. She continues these bi-weekly broadcasts along with teaching at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the Honors College. She has taught for thirty-eight years...everything from first grade to graduate level university courses...(the last is far easier than first grade!).

A lifelong Southerner, Nan Graham's spirited view of her cock-eyed family and friends has delighted public radio listeners for years. Nan's second book, In a Magnolia Minute...Secrets of a Late Bloomer as well as her first, Turn South at the Next Magnolia: Directions from a Life-long Southerner, were both on the SEBA (Southeastern Booksellers' Association) bestseller list. The books are compilations of her best and most popular radio commentaries which have been broadcast continuously since January 1995.

Nan is presently working on her third book of commentaries and a novel set in post WWII Wilmington.

You can visit her website at

The Orphans

Jun 7, 2007

Antique baby pictures used to creep out the visitors of Nan Graham's daughter, Molly.

Wilmington, NC – Fans of antique shops, Nan Graham and her daughter, Molly, picked out an oversize photograph of Kemp Battle, president of UNC in the 1880s. It was proudly hung over Molly's couch, terrorizing visitors for years.

Wedding March

May 24, 2007

Commentator Nan Graham recalls a bizarre wedding.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham takes a look back at some of the more interesting weddings she's witnessed.

Nan Loses It!

May 10, 2007

Nan Graham comments on her forgetfulness.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR Commentator Nan Graham talks about losing things, worst of all, her mind!

Currency of the Day

Apr 26, 2007

Nan Graham deals with the rigors of modern economics.

I am miserably uninformed about economics, but do wonder about the evolving state of the consumer these days and how we pay for things.

Mistaken Identity

Apr 12, 2007

Will the real Nan Graham speak to us?

There is another Nan Graham out there! Our commentator discovers she has a rival for her name...

special delivery

Mar 29, 2007

When she was growing up, Nan Graham's family had a very elaborate package delivery system to sidestep the postal service.

Commentator Nan Graham's family had a rather unique approach to delivering packages from point A to point B. All to sidestep the post office...

Nan Graham "Entitled"

Mar 15, 2007

Today our commentator Nan Graham has unearthed some first-draft titles to famous works of literature.

Some very famous books had very different working titles...according to commentator Nan Graham.

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Feb 14, 2007

Commentator Nan Graham had a special interest in this past Saturday's UNC/Wake Forest basketball game.

Our commentator Nan Graham was a North Carolina cheerleader for the magical basketball season of 1957. This past weekend's game and its halftime ceremony held special meaning for her.

Tom Thumb's Wedding

Jan 17, 2007

The wedding of the 19th Century was the extravaganza orchestrated by P.T. Barnum, entrepreneur, publicist, marketing mogul... and wedding planner, says Nan Graham. The wedding dress was even a knockoff of Queen Victoria's.

Nan Graham is WHQR's lifelong Southerner and author of several books of collected stories.

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World events do affect little children ? even in the pre-tv days when we all listened to the radio. Commentator Nan graham remembers an unforgettable December afternoon.

Wilmington, NC – World events do affect little children ? even in the pre-tv days when we all listened to the radio. Commentator Nan graham remembers an unforgettable December afternoon.

Nan Graham's book "In A Magnolia Minute" a collection of WHQR commentaries on life in the south is available at bookstores.