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How to reference an Interview using the Chicago Manual of Style

The citation format for an interview depends on how it was conducted and published.

Published interview from publication:

Last Name, First Name. Interview with First Name Last Name. Publication Title. Publication Information.

Published interview from Radio/TV program:

Last Name, First Name. Interview with First Name Last Name. Program Title. Network, Call letters, Date Interviewed.

Unpublished interview:

Last Name, First Name. Interview by First Name Last Name. Interview Type. Location, Date Interviewed.

For all types of interview citations, begin with the name(s) of the person(s) interviewed. The first person’s name should be reversed, with a comma being placed after the last name and a period after the first name (or any middle name). Titles and affiliations associated with the author should be omitted. A suffix, such as a roman numeral or Jr./Sr., should appear after the author’s given name, preceded by a comma.

When two or more people are interviewed, only the first person’s name should be reversed, while the others are written in normal order. Separate names by a comma.

Smith, John, and Jane Doe. Interview with Bob Anderson. Personal interview. Pittsburgh, February 11, 2009.

If the interview has a title, include it in quotations, along with a period, after the name of the person interviewed. If the interview does not have a title, instead include the text “Interview with” (or “Interview by” for an unpublished interview), followed by the interviewer’s name (which is written in normal order – do not reverse the first and last name), and a period.

Jolie, Angelina. Interview with Steve Kroft. 60 Minutes. CBS, WCBS, February 3, 2009.

Jolie, Angelina. “Being a Mother.” 60 Minutes. CBS, WCBS, February 3, 2009.

For a published interview, include publication information related to the medium in which the interview was published. See the Citation Guide entries for these works (e.g. radio/TV programs, magazines, newspapers) for specific guidelines.

Jolie, Angelina. Interview with John Smith. Newsweek, February 3, 2009.

For an unpublished interview, include the type of interview, a period, the location of the interview, a comma, and the date of the interview (written in the format of month day, year). End the citation with a period.

Smith, John. Interview by Bob Anderson. Tape recording. New York City, March 5, 2009.

If you conducted the interview, replace your name with the word “author.”

Smith, John. Interview by author. Tape recording. New York City, March 5, 2009.

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