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Cynthia (Cinny) Kennard was recently appointed as Senior Fellow at the newly created Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy at the University of Southern California. She will lead an effort to develop a center for Women in Communication Leadership, a place for scholarly research, policy analysis, and professional executive training. As the General Manager of NPR West for more than five years, Kennard oversaw programming and operations at the Culver City, CA, production studio established by NPR in November 2002. Kennard brings more than 25 years of experience in broadcast journalism to her work. Most recently she had served as an executive project director and an assistant professor of journalism at the USC Annenberg School in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she was a CBS News correspondent in Los Angeles, London and Moscow. An award-winning journalist, she wrote, produced and broadcast stories ranging from the 1992 civil unrest in the wake of the Rodney King verdict, to the 1994 uprising in Moscow and much of the war in the former Yugoslavia. Kennard has launched several startup projects aimed at improving broadcast journalism. Her journalism awards include a 1990-1991 Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia Award for coverage of the Persian Gulf War. She is a 1977 graduate of Northeastern University in Boston.