Barbara Cochran, who has become a Washington broadcast institution, is planning to retire as President of the Radio-Television News Directors Association in June 2009. She will have served in that capacity for over 12 years by then. She’ll also be on hand as a consultant to the organization as president emeritus. Chairman Ed Esposito said the organization’s board is already in the process of seeking a successor.
“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,” Cochran said. “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 added, "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."