RTNDA chief set to retire

Barbara Cochran has led the organization for 12 years

NEW YORK -- Former CBS News bureau chief and "Meet the Press" executive producer Barbara Cochran will retire in June from the Radio-Television News Directors Assn. that she has led since 1997.

In her 12 years at the RTNDA, Cochran has been a tireless defender of the First Amendment rights of jouranlists. Among other things, she led the battle to get the U.S. Supreme Court to release audio recordings. She is also the president of the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation.

Before joining RTNDA, Cochran was a Washington, D.C.-based journalist for nearly three decades. In addition to vp and bureau chief at CBS News and "Meet the Press" executive producer, she also had been vp of news at National Public Radio and managing editor of the Washington Star.