Jean Cochran brings 30 years of radio experience to her work as a newscaster for NPR.
As a newscaster, Cochran writes five minute round-ups of world and national news and delivers each newscast live on the half-hour, seven times each morning starting at 5:30 am Eastern time. NPR Newscasts air on more than 790 stations and are heard by 25.5 million listeners every week.
The longest serving member of the Newscast Unit, Cochran began working as a newscaster full time in July 1989, when the unit was created. She was part of the team that earned NPR a 2001 George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of September 11, 2001.
Cochran came to NPR in 1981 and worked as an associate producer with Morning Edition for eight years. During that time 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.
Before a brief stint working at NPR member station WAMU in Washington, D.C., 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 from American University in Washington, D.C.