Santa Catalina School is proud to announce that Leslie Redlich Cockburn '70—journalist, author, filmmaker, and 2018 Congressional candidate—is this year's distinguished Commencement speaker.
Cockburn began her documentary film career in 1980 at CBS Reports. She won an Emmy and Writers Guild Award in 1981 for co-directing and writing "The Nuclear Battlefield" about tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. She went on to direct a CBS report on the tobacco lobby and to direct and serve as correspondent for several films for PBS Frontline. She directed and produced "Peter Jennings Reporting: From the Killing Fields," on the return of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, that aired in 1990 and won the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the George Polk Award, the Columbia Dupont Award, and the Overseas Press Club Award. Cockburn has written three books and co-authored two more on foreign affairs. Her most recent book is the political thriller Baghdad Solitaire, set in Baghdad in the fall of 2003. She is currently finishing a novel set in Afghanistan.
Cockburn has served on the boards of the Piedmont Environmental Council in Virginia and the Krebser Fund in Rappahannock, Virginia, both dedicated to conservation. In 2017-18 she entered politics and became the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 5th District of Virginia.
We are very happy to welcome Cockburn back to campus for Santa Catalina School's 67th Commencement Exercises on June 1.