Cynthia McFadden is an anchor and correspondent for ABC News who currently co-anchors Nightline and Primetime. Recently named co-anchor of “Primetime” on ABC News, she has been at that network since 1994, when she joined as a legal correspondent. She became a correspondent for “PrimeTime Live” in 1996, and in 2005 she was named co-anchor of ABC News “Nightline.
McFadden has conducted numerous interviews with politicians and cultural figures from Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf to Madonna. She was the legal editor and narrator of the ABC News documentary series “In the Jury Room,” the first television program ever to show jury deliberations in a death penalty case. The hour-long documentary she co-anchored on school integration 50 years after Brown v. Board of Ed has won several awards, including first place documentary from the New York Association of Black Journalists; in 2001-02, for her reporting on 9/11, McFadden and her ABC team received a Dupont Award. McFadden's other awards include the George Foster Peabody Award, an Oversees Press Club Award, six Cine Golden Eagles, the Ohio State Award, two Silver Gavels from the American Bar Association, the Grand Award at the New York Festival and the Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival.
Cynthia McFadden has appeared as a guest on numerous talk and news shows, including 20/20 and The Charlie Rose Show. Before joining ABC, from 1984-1991, she was the executive producer of Fred Friendly's Media and Society seminars, based at Columbia University, and she became an anchor and senior producer at Courtroom Television in '91, the year of that network's inception. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Bowdoin College, and received her law degree from Columbia University.
Topic: Covering Celebrity
Cynthia McFadden: I could answer the question easily when it comes to celebrities. I don’t do celebrities that don’t interest me. It’s just too much darn work. It’s not worth it. I leave that to others. If I’m going to do a celebrity profile, it has to be someone that I find interesting in some way. Now it doesn’t mean that I don’t . . . I have to like them. It means I have to find them interesting. There has to be something about them that compels me to wanna talk to them. Because nothing is worse than sitting across the table from a movie star and talking about the new movie. It’s like, “Eww, eww.” So you know I’ve interviews a wide range of people who I find interesting, and I think that we . . . you know, we venerate our celebrities in this culture. So it’s very interesting to try to probe a little bit about what makes them tick. So I hope that I can bring that to the table. That’s one category of things.
Recorded on: Jul 7 2007
Too much darn work.
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