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Network news anchor, journalist, voice talent

Jean Cochran has been one of America’s most familiar voices to millions of radio listeners for decades as a newscaster on NPR’s Morning Edition.  Her newscasts have aired live on 849 member stations nationwide, heard by nearly 27-million listeners every week. For most of her 33 years at NPR, Cochran wrote 5-minute round-ups of world […]

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Network news anchor, journalist, voice talent

Jean Cochran has been one of America’s most familiar voices to millions of radio listeners for decades as a newscaster on NPR’s Morning Edition.  Her newscasts have aired live on 849 member stations nationwide, heard by nearly 27-million listeners every week.

Jean_Cochran-headphonesFor most of her 33 years at NPR, Cochran wrote 5-minute round-ups of world and national news and delivered each newscast ‘live’ on the half-hour, seven times each morning starting at 5:30 am Eastern time. That meant arriving at NPR studios in Washington, D.C. by 3 am. (And going to bed each weeknight at 6pm!)

Her NPR career began in 1981 as an Associate Producer on Morning Edition…the country’s most-listened-to news radio program, occasionally filling in as newscaster. She worked on all production aspects of the program, helping to define the sound and format during the crucial early years of the show’s development. By 1989, she turned to newscasting full-time.  Cochran was part of the team that earned a George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of the 2001 September 11th terrorist attack.  She retired from NPR at the end of 2013 as the most-senior member of the Newscast unit.

Along the way, her voice was featured in a major motion picture, In the Line of Fire with Clint Eastwood.  And she Emceed the International Interior Design Associations annual awards from 2006 to 2012.

MJ_npr-4As she now savors the joys of normal sleeping hours… Cochran is offering her news and editorial expertise as a consultant to public radio stations around the country.  She is also available for speaking engagements and fundraising events in the public media community.  And for voice/over and narration work.

Before coming to NPR, Cochran worked as a reporter and newscaster for WVMT in Burlington, Vermont; WLNH in Laconia, New Hampshire; and WCFR in Springfield, Vermont.

Cochran earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in 1976 from American University in Washington, D.C.

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