Ann Compton

Mar 24, 2009

Ann Compton

Ms. Compton began her broadcasting career in Virginia, where an internship during her junior year at Hollins College (now Hollins University) led to a full-time job as the first woman reporting for WDBJ TV, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke. She established a State Capitol Bureau in Richmond for the station. In 1973 ABC News hired her, and she reported from New York until December 1974, when she was assigned to the White House.[1]

Reporting for all ABC News broadcasts, Compton has traveled around the globe and through all 50 states with presidents, vice presidents, and first ladies through seven presidential campaigns. She is now covering a sixth president as the national correspondent for ABC News Radio, based Washington, DC.

Weeks after the Watergate scandal came to an end, Compton became the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full-time basis by a network television news organization, and she was one of the youngest to receive the assignment.

Twice during campaigns she was invited to serve as a panelist for presidential debates (1988 and 1992), and she was assigned as a floor reporter at the 1976 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

In 2000 Compton was the chief Washington correspondent for, where she wrote and anchored a daily political column, "On Background."

On September 11, 2001, Compton was the only broadcast reporter allowed to remain onboard Air Force One during the dramatic hours when President Bush was unable to return to Washington.

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