Richard M. Cohen

Richard M. Cohen began his network television news career at ABC News in 1971 as assistant producer of Issues and Answers and floor producer for ABC News at both 1972 political conventions. He went on to a twenty-year career in network television news. Cohen was a producer on PBS’s McNeil Lehrer Report and in 1979, for The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, serving as Dan Rather’s producer when he assumed the anchor chair in 1981.

At CBS, Cohen covered the rise of the Solidarity trade union movement in Poland and wars in the Middle East and Central America. Cohen specialized in politics, directing presidential campaign coverage for CBS News in 1984 and 1988. In 1989, Cohen produced and directed Illusions of News with Bill Moyers for PBS and in 1992, Bill Clinton of Arkansas for CNN. Cohen has been the recipient of numerous awards in journalism, including three Emmys, a George Foster Peabody and a Cable Ace Award.

Cohen is the author of Blindsided, published in 2004, which chronicled his battles with multiple sclerosis and cancer, and Strong at the Broken Places in 2008, both New York Times Best Sellers. Cohen’s latest book, I Want to Kill the Dog, was published in 2012. Cohen wrote Chronically Upbeat, a semi-weekly online column for AARP: The Magazine.

Richard M. Cohen graduated from Simpson College in 1970 and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1976. In 1985, Cohen was a Fellow of the Institute of Politics, Harvard University and in 1989 was visiting professor of writing at Johns Hopkins Univ. and Journalist in Residence at U. Cal. Berkley.

Cohen has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Simpson College and The Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Medicine in New York. Cohen was the recipient of a 2009 AARP Inspire Award. Cohen sits on the advisory council of the Neuro Discovery Center at Harvard Medical School.

Richard M. Cohen is married to journalist, Meredith Vieira, with whom he has three grown children.

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