NINA LINDA COKIE

SHE-LOGY: Women in broadcast journalism.

“In talk radio, there were no women among the top 10 of Talkers magazine’s “Heavy Hundred” and only two women were among the 183 sport talk radio hosts list.”


NINA TOTENBERG. Legal affairs correspondent.

  • All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition
  • Multiple awards for excellence in legal reporting; first-ever Toni House award; first radio journalist to be honored by the National Press Foundation as Broadcaster of the Year.
  • Newsweek magazine called her “the creme de la creme” of NPR, and Vanity Fair refers to her as “Queen of the Leaks”

LINDA WERTHEIMER. Senior national correspondent.

  • (1976) First woman to anchor NPR’s coverage of a presidential nomination convention and of an election night. As of 2008, she has anchored 10 presidential nomination conventions and 12 election nights.
  • (2002) NPR’s first senior national correspondent
  • Won a DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism in 1979, among her other awards. Vanity Fair called her one of the 200 most influential women in America.

COKIE ROBERTS. Contributor, Morning Edition.

  • Contributing senior news analyst for NPR and regular roundtable analyst for the current This Week With George Stephanopoulos.
  • Won numerous awards:  Edward R. Murrow Award (Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Radio), the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for coverage of Congress, and an Emmy Award for her contribution to “Who is Ross Perot?
  • Authored NY Times Bestseller Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation, which examines the lives and contributions of Revolutionary wives and lesser-known women of the era
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6 thoughts on “NINA LINDA COKIE

      1. Her book Founding Mothers got me curious. Women on radio have got to be extra smart, I suppose, apart from their voice, their wits are the ‘focal point’. The clothes, make up and looks do not have as much bearing.

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      2. Exactly right. The same holds true for men though. I’ve heard some announcers described as having “a face for radio.” 🙂
        People who have to look good on camera, however, look very out of place in the world. I live in my state’s capital and TV reporters are in town frequently. They always look a little too “shiny” and their teeth are too white. The women you featured here would fit in just fine.

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      3. It happens in other fields, too. Even at work, when there’s a need for videos, for example for recruitment purposes, the “face value” has more weight over other talents and track records. I can imagine your description of the reporters. 😀

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