Cochran To Retire As RTNDA President Next June
November 13, 2008 at 12:15 PM (PT)
BARBARA COCHRAN has announced that she will retire from the post of President of the RADIO-TELEVISION NEWS DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION after her contract expires in JUNE 2009. She will stay aboard as President Emeritus after her retirement.
RTNDA Chairman ED ESPOSITO said, "BARBARA COCHRAN's leadership took RTNDA’s advocacy on behalf of electronic journalists to a new level, especially in the fight to preserve hard-fought First Amendment gains and protections. BARBARA's stand for strong ethical practices and journalistic excellence help set a standard for our industry."
Noting her success in pushing the SUPREME COURT to release selected audio recordings, ESPOSITO added, "RTNDA’s Board and membership owe BARBARA great thanks in helping to position the association and foundation to transform as well as transition as we determine our strategies to keep those interests at the forefront in this time of great challenge and opportunity."
"I’m honored to have had the privilege of leading this historic organization and speaking out on behalf of electronic journalists for the past 12 years," said COCHRAN. "The most rewarding part of this job has been meeting the terrific people working in this business and making friendships that I hope will last for many years to come. I’m looking forward to staying involved with RTNDA and continuing to support excellent, independent journalism."
NAB President/CEO DAVID K. REHR said, "For more than a decade, BARBARA has been a First Amendment champion and an extraordinary leader for the entire broadcast news community. Her unwavering commitment to quality newsgathering is surpassed only by her class and integrity. We wish Barbara nothing but the best in her next endeavor."