Cynthia McFadden, the co-anchor of ABC News' Nightline and Primetime, will deliver Bryn Mawr's 2008 Commencement Convocation address, the President's Office has announced. The convocation speech will be the second major address to a Bryn Mawr audience for McFadden, who served as Mistress of Ceremonies at the launch of the College's Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center in September 2006.
McFadden came to ABC in 1994 as the network's legal correspondent. Since taking the anchor desk, she has continued in that capacity and covers many breaking stories with legal connections, from the O.J. Simpson trial to those involving Martha Stewart, Kobe Bryant, Scott Peterson, and Michael Jackson. She also reports on new developments in the Justice Department and Supreme Court.
In the 2004 documentary series In the Jury Room, McFadden chronicled six homicide trials and showed jury deliberations in a death-penalty case. The 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education prompted a documentary on school integration co-anchored and reported by McFadden. The program won a number of awards, including a first-place acknowledgment from the New York Association of Black Journalists.
Ms. McFadden’s Primetime accounts have been far-ranging. In 2005 she reported and anchored two hours on the lives of children in America. In the wake of the revelation that three of the four men responsible for the July 2005 London terrorist bombings were Britons of Pakistani origin, she traveled to Pakistan for an exclusive interview with President Pervez Musharraf. She has also reported on gays in the military, trafficking of women into sexual slavery, and the horrifying conditions inside mental institutions run by the Mexican government. Today she analyzes the political landscape and has interviewed many of the current and former presidential contenders.
Before going to ABC News, McFadden was an anchor and senior producer at the Courtroom Television Network and an executive producer of Fred Friendly’s Media and Society Seminars.
She has won the George Foster Peabody Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, six Cine Golden Eagles, and two Silver Gavels from the American Bar Association. McFadden is a native of Maine. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and received her law degree from Columbia University.
Posted 3/20/2008 by Claudia Ginanni