Cinny Kennard

Cinny KennardCinny Kennard, Executive Director at The Annenberg Foundation, is an award-winning broadcast journalist and media executive who serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Global Post, an online international newsgathering operation; the DuPont Columbia University Jury for excellence in broadcast journalism; and is a longtime member of the Trusteeship of the International Women’s Forum.

Before joining the Annenberg Foundation in January 2015, she was the Senior Vice President of Programming at the Smithsonian Institution, and served as a Senior Advisor to the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. Prior to that, she 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. During her tenure, NPR West expanded 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.

An accomplished writer, Kennard helped write¬†Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age by G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; co-authored a piece for The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation; co-authored “Characteristics of War Coverage by Female Correspondents” in Media and Conflict in the 21st Century; and authored numerous articles for The Huffington Post.

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

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