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Judy Fortin '83 to Speak at This Week's Common Hour

Story posted February 10, 2004

CNN Headline News anchor Judy Fortin '83 will speak at this week's Common Hour, Friday, February 13, at 12:30 p.m., in Kresge Auditorium.

Fortin's talk is titled "No Regrets: Making the Most of Life After Bowdoin."

Common Hour is open to all Bowdoin students, faculty and staff.

Based in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, Fortin co-anchors Headline News with Thomas Roberts. Among other stories, the two co-anchored the network's coverage of the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy in February 2003, as well as that from Operation Iraqi Freedom in the spring of 2003. She also helped anchor the network's coverage of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

She began her career with CNN in 1990 as a national correspondent for CNN Newsourse, during which time she traveled the world for eight years doing live shots for affiliate stations. Fortin has covered presidential elections and inaugurations, the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial, the 50th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy in 1994, and the Pope's historic visit to Cuba in 1998. Additionally, she received an Emmy for her coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1994.

Before joining CNN, Fortin worked as a general assignment reporter for WCVB-TV, the CNN and ABC affiliate in Boston. She spent three years as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for WMUR-TV, the CNN and ABC affiliate in Manchester, N.H., earning several Associated Press awards for her work. Fortin also worked as News Director for WPNH-FM and AM in Plymouth, N.H.

Fortin majored in government and French at Bowdoin College. She also is a volunteer with Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

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