Cinny Kennard

Senior Fellow

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Cinny Kennard is an award-winning broadcast journalist and media executive who served as managing director/managing editor of NPR West from 2003 to 2009. As part of her broad leadership responsibilities, she had editorial and operational oversight of the facility, including two daily programs, News & Notes and Day to Day. She built NPR West from 20 to nearly 90 full-time employees. Previously, she served as an executive project director and journalism professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and prior to that was a CBS News correspondent based at various times in Los Angeles, London and Moscow.

Kennard has launched several projects aimed at improving broadcast journalism, including Reliable Resources, the $1.5 million Pew Charitable Trust/USC Annenberg project to improve broadcast television political coverage. She is a co-founder and executive board member of the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Television Journalism and served for nine years as a member of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award jury for excellence in broadcast journalism.

As a senior fellow, Kennard spearheads CCLP's Women and Communication Leadership initiative.

Contact Kennard at kennard@usc.edu or (213) 821-0060.

Blog Posts by Cinny Kennard

LISTEN: Some (accurate) quotes about media mistakes

By Cinny Kennard | May 22, 2013 0
This blog and accompanying podcast first appeared on MPRnews. This morning Minnesota public radio featured senior fellow Cinny Kennard expounding upon the relationship between newsroom cutbacks and journalistic errors. Listen to the full podcast here: At a graduation speech at Quinnipiac University earlier this month, CBS anchor Scott Pelley said...

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August Is Too Long to Wait for Amanpour

By Cinny Kennard | April 6, 2010 0
For those of us who have complained about the dumbing-down of news on television, declared journalism dead or carped about too few women in leading roles on TV news programs, it's time to celebrate: Beginning in August, ABC News will put Christiane Amanpour in the host chair of its Sunday...

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Essay and a Woman's Nation

By Cinny Kennard | October 15, 2009 0
I have just returned from the Los Angeles launch of A Woman's Nation --an ambitious project and a unique report on the status of American women which includes an essay I co authored with Stacy Smith, Ph.D. and Amy Granados entitled Sexy Socialization: Today's Media and the Next Generation of...

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Cinny Kennard In the News

In response to the change in leadership involving military forces in Afghanistan, WorldNews has created a library of videos on President Obama and his leadership during the war. The website features the CCLP's "Global Communication Forum on Obama's Afghanistan: The Media and the War" with Senior Fellow Cinny Kennard.

The Huffington Post featured a piece by Senior Fellow Cinny Kennard on ABC News' announcement that Christiane Amanpour will host the Sunday morning talk show stalwart "This Week" beginning in August. Kennard wrote, "For those of us who have complained about the dumbing-down of news on television, declared journalism dead or carped about too few women in leading roles on TV news programs, it's time to celebrate."

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