CBS Professor of Professional Practice in International Journalism

Member, Committee on Global Thought

Ann CooperAnn Cooper is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent with more than 25 years of radio and print reporting experience. She was most recently the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, one of the world’s leading press freedom advocacy groups.

For more than a decade, Cooper’s voice was well known to National Public Radio (NPR) listeners. Appointed as NPR’s first Moscow bureau chief in 1987, Cooper spent five years covering the tumultuous events of the final years of Soviet communism. She co-edited a book, Russia at the Barricades, about the August 1991 failed coup attempt in Moscow. From 1992 to 1995 Cooper was NPR’s bureau chief in Johannesburg, and she later covered the United Nations for NPR.

Before joining NPR, Cooper reported for the Louisville Courier-Journal, Capitol Hill News Service, Congressional Quarterly, the Baltimore Sun, and National Journal magazine. Cooper’s coverage of South Africa’s first all-race elections in 1994 won NPR a duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism. She has been an Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she studied refugee issues and produced a series on refugee policy for NPR. In 2003 she was the James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism at State University of New York in New Paltz.

Cooper is a journalism graduate of Iowa State University (ISU), which honored her with the 1997 James W. Schwartz award for service to journalism, and in October 2006, presented her with the Alumni Merit Award, given “for outstanding contributions to human welfare that transcend purely professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university.”



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