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Rebecca Cooper  

Rebecca Cooper anchors the only daily television news program in our nation\'s capital focused on the business world, WASHINGTON BUSINESS TONIGHT, airing worldwide via stream on www.washingtonbusinesstonight.com and on Newschannel 8, Washington DC\'s 24-h

Washington Business Tonight anchor Rebecca Cooper has been based in Washington for the last two decades, covering the world of politics, national security and finance from the White House, Capitol Hill and the major federal agencies. Her first job in journalism was at the Wall Street Journal/Europe in Brusssels, Belgium, followed by jobs at two leading British newspapers and covering business and finance in Washington for the Journal Record newspaper.  She has conducted one-on-one interviews with Fortune 500 CEO's, successful billionaires, and a wide range of Washington leaders, including Barack Obama, John McCain, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

From 1988-1992 she served as the senior international trade and health care legislative assistant to Senator David Boren (D-OK), a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. During her tenure on Capitol Hill, Rebecca was one of the senior staff members involved in the writing of key business legislation, including NAFTA, WTO, GATT and Most Favored Nation status federal law.

From Capitol Hill, Rebecca then returned to her journalism roots, working for five years at CNN in Washington covering Congress and the White House and helping launch CNN Financial News, and for five years at ABC News, first based in New York City as an editorial producer for newsmagazine "20/20" and then based in Washington, as a producer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and a reporter for ABC World News Now, NewsOne and ABC Radio. She is the recipient of several journalism awards, including the Peabody, DuPont, Murrow, Cable Ace and Emmy awards.

Rebecca also returned to public service to serve as the youngest Chief of Staff in the Clinton Administration Cabinet, during her tenure as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson. During her service to the White House, Rebecca was involved in helping to pass "fast track" trade legislation, organize multinational programs for women, serve as Ambassador Richardson's point person in negotiations with congressional leaders, and work with the White House, State Department and United Nations on international crises involving Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan, civil wars in Africa and other hotspots around the world.

A native of Oklahoma City and the proud daughter of two OU Sooners, Rebecca is an honors graduate of Duke Univesity and attended the Universitaire Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and American University in Washington.

Her husband Doug Dupin, a former professional skateboarder, is the founder and curator of the Palisades Museum of Prehistory, www.pmop.org.

They have three grade school children -- sons Max, Gus and Finn.

 

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