Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center -- Film and Theater, Civic Engagement, Women's Health
Mistress of Ceremonies Cynthia McFadden

Cynthia McFadden was named co-anchor of ABC News' Nightline in October 2005 and assumed anchor duties at the end of November; she is based in New York. She joined ABC News in February 1994 as the network's legal correspondent. Two years later, she was named a correspondent for Primetime and in 2004 was named a co-anchor of Primetime. McFadden continues to co-anchor and report for both programs.

Over the course of her career, McFadden has won nearly every major award in broadcast news, including a George Foster Peabody Award, a DuPont award and an Emmy. She has interviewed major political leaders such as President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, along with entertainment icons George Clooney and Madonna. She recently traveled with Alicia Keys to South Africa for a special half-hour Nightline broadcast commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the discovery of AIDS.

Before joining ABC News, McFadden had been an anchor and senior producer at the Courtroom Television Network, beginning with the network's inception in 1991. From 1984 to 1991, McFadden was the executive producer of Fred Friendly's Media and Society seminars based at Columbia University.

A native of Maine, McFadden graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Bowdoin College. She received her law degree from Columbia University.

She will discuss the legacy of the Houghton Hepburn women at the campus luncheon on Saturday afternoon.

photo: Kimmel Center at night

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