Cinny Kennard, Senior Vice President of Programming for Smithsonian Media, 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 will serve as a jury member for the 2015 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism, returning after serving in the duPont Award jury from 2000 to 2008.
As a senior fellow, Kennard spearheads CCLP's Women and Communication Leadership initiative.
Contact Kennard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 821-0060.
Blog Posts by Cinny Kennard
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."