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Bio Briefs: Nightline Anchors Martin Bashir, Cynthia McFadden and Terry Moran

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Martin Bashir. Cynthia McFadden. Terry Moran. Since 2005, these three Nightline anchors have revolutionized the stalwart late night news program and talk show, turning it into a must-see news magazine, as topical and relevant as its predecessor, famously anchored by Ted Koppel.

Martin Bashir:

Possibly best known for his famous interview of Michael Jackson, detailed in the dialogue/documentary Living with Michael Jackson, Martin Bashir was born on January 19, 1963, in London, England. He graduated from King’s College in London, having studied English and history, and made his way into journalism in 1986, about a year after college. Bashir is a correspondent on ABC’s 20/20 and is best known for his investigative journalism.

Cynthia McFadden:

An New Englander, born on May 27, 1956, in Lewiston, Maine, divides her time between Nightline and ABC’s Primetime. She’s a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College. Her law degree comes from Columbia University in New York City.

McFadden got her start at Courtroom Television Network (now CourtTV) in 1991. She joined ABC News as a legal correspondent in 1994 and has worked in some capacity on most of the network’s most popular news programs. She is, presently, senior legal correspondent.

Terry Moran:

Born in Chicago on December 9, 1960, Terry Moran grew up in the Midwest, attended, and graduate from Lawrence University in 1982. Like McFadden, Moran got his start on CourtTV, as an anchor and correspondent. He covered the Lyle and Erik Menendez murder trial in Los Angeles. During his early years at ABC, he was a law correspondent, covering the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to anchoring Nightline, Moran was ABC News’ chief White House correspondent, following Sam Donaldson. He served as a key member of ABC’s Sept. 11 news team, and has been a voice in news coverage with regard to the terrorism war.

And Just for Fun:

  • Martin Bashir is also famous for interviewing the late Princess Diana of Wales about her marriage to Prince Charles.

  • Bashir has won a BAFTA Award and has been named the Royal Television Society’s Journalist of the Year.

  • Cynthia McFadden’s son, Spencer Graham, is named after Spencer Tracy. Tracy was married to the late Katharine Hepburn, and McFadden is the executor of her friend’s – Hepburn’s – estate. She’s won several awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Silver Gavels from the American Bar Association, and a Blue Ribbon from the American Film Fesitval.

  • After the 2005 London bombings, McFadden went to Pakistan for an exclusive interview with President Pervez Musharraf.

  • Terry Moran, along with his broadcast duties, is also a print journalist, having had pieces published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic.
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