CBS News Anchor to commemorate League’s 100th anniversary with remarks in June 2020
WASHINGTON – The League of Women Voters is proud to announce CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor, Norah O’Donnell, will deliver the keynote address for Women Power the Vote for 100 years, the 54th biennial League of Women Voters Convention, which will be held June 25-27, 2020.
“This year, the League of Women Voters is celebrating 100 years of women powering the vote, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to hear from a woman leader who has made such incredible strides in the news industry,” said Chris Carson, president of the board of directors of the League of Women Voters. “Our organization's mission of empowering voters and defending democracy depends on trusted, accurate journalism, and we are honored to be joined by a journalist who is equally dedicated to fostering an informed electorate with her reporting.”
The League expected more than 1,200 members from all 50 states, plus D.C. and the Virgin Islands, to gather in Washington, D.C., for three days of activities. However, due to the District’s coronavirus lockdown policy, the League will transition the meeting to a digital format.
"Taking our convention digital this year means more of our tens of thousands of members across the country will hear from Norah O’Donnell as we commemorate not only our organization's centennial, but 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment,” said Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters. “It is only fitting that we honor our suffragist founders by standing with a powerful woman whose journalistic integrity is vitally holding our leaders accountable and informing the public.”
Throughout her career, Norah O’Donnell has covered American elections and won multiple prestigious journalism awards, including Emmys for her sexual assault investigation as well as her Election Night coverage.
Ms. O’Donnell’s video address will be played for LWV Convention attendees on Friday, June 26 and made available on YouTube shortly after.