National Press Club

Legends of Broadcast: Barbara and John Cochran

Legends of Broadcast: Barbara and John Cochran

May 15, 2018 6:00 PM

Location: 4th Estate Winners' Room

The National Press Club's Legends of Broadcasting series continues with a dinner conversation with Barbara and John Cochran on Tuesday, May 15.

The couple will share stories from their long and successful careers in journalism, as well as their views on the ever-changing media landscape and the various challenges faced by journalism students and professionals today.

This special event, organized by the club's Broadcasting & Podcasting Team, will take place in the Winner's Room in the club's Fourth Estate Restaurant, and will be strictly limited to 30 people. A cash bar reception will begin at 6 p.m. with introductions and dinner following at 6:45. Our guests of honor will make remarks and then open the floor to an informal Q&A session to end by 8:30.

Cost of the three-course dinner is $55 for National Press Club members and members of the public. When registering, attendees will select one of three entrée choices:

  • Chicken piccata, brown butter, chive potatoes & spring three-pea sauté;
  • Skewered grilled shrimp with tropical sesame basmati rice & lime coleslaw;
  • Zucchini “manicotti,” three cheese filling, Basil marinara sauce over pasta

About our honorees:

Barbara Cochran is the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting at the Missouri School of Journalism and director of the school's Washington program as well as the president of the board of the National Press Club Journalism Institute. Previously, Cochran served for 12 years as president of the Radio Television Digital News Association and has held executive positions in newspapers, radio, television and the non-profit sector over the course of her long career. She was managing editor of the Washington Star, vice president for news for National Public Radio (where she directed the creation of NPR's Morning Edition), executive producer of NBC's Meet the Press and vice president and Washington bureau chief of CBS News (which made her the first woman to head a network bureau in Washington).

Now retired, long-time network television correspondent John Cochran has covered every Presidential administration from Nixon to Obama and reported overseas on some of the biggest international stories of the twentieth century including the Iranian hostage crisis, the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe and the end of the apartheid in South Africa. Cochran spent 21 years at NBC News serving first as the network's chief diplomatic correspondent and later as their chief White House correspondent. He joined ABC News in 1994 as the network's chief Capitol Hill correspondent covering Bob Dole's unsuccessful bid for the presidency, and later became senior White House correspondent for the final two years of the Clinton administration. From January 2001 until his retirement in 2011, he was the network's senior Washington correspondent.

For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Lindsay Underwood
(202) 662-7561