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October 14 2022

Ann Compton to Emcee 2022 TSF Dinner

We look forward to Ms. Compton’s considerable talent and exceptional experience as one of broadcast news’ legends, which will add to the evening of celebration and community.

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About Ann Compton

As the first woman assigned to cover the White House on network television and with 41 years on the air for ABC News, Ann Compton’s longevity and impact are unparalleled. After retiring from daily coverage in 2014, Compton reignited her legendary career by returning to ABC to cover the 2016 political conventions and accepting a fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics focusing on media coverage of the 2016 election. She also took a seat on the Governing Council of the prestigious Miller Center for presidential studies at the University of Virginia.

Here are a few of the highlights from her lauded career:

  • 7 Presidents and 10 presidential campaigns covered for ABC News
  • Panelist on 2 presidential campaign debates
  • Retired exactly 41 years to the day she started in the same job. That day, President Barack Obama announced her retirement when calling on her at a West Wing news conference saying, “Ann Compton, everybody here knows, is not only the consummate professional but is also just a pleasure to get to know.”
  • Travelled to all 50 states and 6 continents with American Presidents, Vice Presidents and First Ladies
  • 1 Emmy for her coverage as the only broadcast reporter onboard Air Force One on September 11th
  • Inducted into 6 Halls of Fame, has received 5 honorary university degrees and 1 lifetime achievement award
  • 4 children, 9 grandchildren and married to Dr. William Hughes for 43 years
  • Was once 12 DOWN in the Sunday New York Times crossword