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Marlene Sanders* ABC News

Marlene Sanders is a three-time Emmy Award winning correspondent, producer, writer and former news executive, who broke barriers for women throughout her career. While a correspondent at ABC News, she was the first woman to anchor a prime time network newscast. In 1966, she was the first TV newswoman to report from Vietnam and in l976, became the first woman news vice president at a network, as Vice President and Director of Documentaries. She is co-author with Marcia Rock of Waiting for Prime Time: The Women of Television News, an updated version of which was published in l994 by the University of Illinois Press.

From 1977 through 2000, she was in Residence at the Freedom Forum's Media Studies Center, where she organized and moderated panels on media issues. Sanders also narrates documentaries for HBO, public television, and others. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a judge for the Dupont Awards, and in 1999 she became a judge for the Peabody Awards.

Sanders, began her broadcasting career in 1955. In 1964, she joined ABC News as a correspondent, anchor, producer and news executive. In 1978 she joined CBS News, working on documentaries for CBS Reports and on other reporting assignments. In 1987 she hosted several public affairs programs at the local PBS station in New York, WNET. During her 4 years there she also taught part time as an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at both New York University and Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She was the anchor of Profiles in Progress, 26 half hours about the developing world.