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McFadden '78 Named Co-Anchor of ABC News's 'Nightline'

Story posted October 21, 2005

Cynthia McFadden

Cynthia McFadden, Bowdoin Class of 1978, has been named co-anchor of the long-running ABC News program "Nightline."

McFadden, who has co-anchored "Primetime" since 2004 and served as a correspondent for that show since 1996, will take up her new post at the end of November along with "20/20" correspondent Martin Bashir and ABC News's Chief White House Correspondent Terry Moran. McFadden will continue to anchor and report for "Primetime."

McFadden and her co-anchors "bring the combination of intelligence, experience, and perspective that can ensure that Nightline's future is every bit as bright as its past," said ABC News President David Westin in a press release announcing the appointments.

McFadden, Bashir and Moran are "three of the most talented journalists working in television" and "will bring an incisive and distinctive edge to our journalism in the great tradition of 'Nightline'," said executive producer James Goldston in the same release.

Cynthia McFadden grew up in Auburn, Maine, and attended Edward Little High School. She majored in sociology and government at Bowdoin and graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. While a student, she began honing her journalism skills as a member of the staffs of both The Bowdoin Orient and WBOR. She was elected Bowdoin Overseer in 1986, and Overseer Emerita in 1995.

McFadden joined ABC News in 1994 as legal correspondent. During her tenure at the network she has reported on the process leading up to a man's execution on Louisiana's death row, and on the U.S. government's attempts to secure loose nuclear materials and weapons domestically and abroad. In the wake of the London bombings last July, she traveled to Pakistan for an exclusive interview with President Musharraf. In 2004 she anchored and reported for a groundbreaking documentary on the phenomenon of grandmothers raising their grandchildren.

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