Women in the Media
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: Women in the Media
Cynthia McFadden: I went to Davos and interviewed Angelina Jolie. And oh, everyone wanted to just shoot me because, oh my goodness, I was demeaning the coin. I wanted to say, “You know what? Last year on the old “Nightline”, George Stephanopoulos did Angelina Jolie for a whole half hour in Washington and no one said it was the end of western civilization.” You know it was a sort of different standard. And I think a little but of it has to do with a little bit of sexism. I mean I think sometimes . . . sometimes when I do something, you know, when the men do it, it’s very sensitive, and aren’t they . . . aren’t they in touch with some sort of _______. And when a woman does it, sometimes there’s a little bit of, “too soft”.
Recorded on: Jul 7 2007
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