'Nightline' Co-Anchor Cynthia McFadden's Biography

McFadden's portfolio is diverse. Other Primetime reports have included an exclusive interview with Osama bin Laden's pilot; an award-winning report on gays in the military; an in-depth analysis of physicians serving as HMO providers despite having been disciplined for wrong-doing; an exclusive investigation and interview with the man who claims to be the sole attacker in the Central Park Jogger rape case; and an explosive hour-long investigation into a Massachusetts facility that routinely and voluntarily released violent sexual predators who preyed on children after getting out.

McFadden led the first investigation by a major news organization into one of America's darkest secrets, the forced sterilization of 60,000 to 100,000 American citizens; provided a disturbing look at the horrifying conditions inside two Mexican government institutions for the mentally ill and retarded; tracked five accused murderers to their hiding places in El Salvador, where she interviewed two of them; and investigated the use of female contraceptives to treat convicted rapists. In addition to many important newsmakers, she has interviewed such celebrities as Madonna, Cher, George Clooney, Tony Bennett, Paul Newman, Alicia Keys, Clint Eastwood, Paul McCartney, Angelina Jolie, Bono and Richard Gere.

McFadden's 1996 one-hour special, "Judgment at Midnight," marked the first time cameras were ever allowed on any death row cell block to document the final weeks of one inmate's life. The broadcast was accorded tremendous critical acclaim and numerous awards. In January of 1999, she anchored the award-winning ABC News special, "Target America: The Terrorist War," in which she reported on the African Embassy bombings.

Before coming to ABC News, McFadden was an anchor and senior producer at the Courtroom Television Network, beginning with the network's inception in 1991. She anchored live coverage of more than 200 trials, among them the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, the Menendez brothers' murder trial and the Rodney King trial. From 1984 to 1991, she was the executive producer of Fred Friendly's Media and Society seminars based at Columbia University. More than 30 of her programs were broadcast on PBS, including series on ethics, the military, terrorism and the Presidency.

McFadden's other awards include the George Foster Peabody Award, an Oversees Press Club Award, six Cine Golden Eagles, the Ohio State Award, two Silver Gavels from the American Bar Association, the Grand Award of the New York Festival and the Blue Ribbon of the American Film Festival. She was twice nominated for the CableACE's Anchor of the Year.

A native of Maine, McFadden graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Bowdoin College. She received her law degree from Columbia University.

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