Jean Cochran, NPR Morning Edition
has been one of America's most familiar voices to millions of radio listeners for decades as a newscaster on NPR's Morning Edition
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
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.
To do that, she arrived at NPR studios in Washington, D.C. by 3 am. (And went to bed each weeknight at 6pm!)
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.
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.
was part of the team that earned a 2001 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.
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.