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Lynn Povich

Lynn Povich is an award-winning journalist who has spent more than 40 years in the news business. She began her career at Newsweek as a secretary. In 1970, she was one of 46 women who sued Newsweek for sex discrimination. Five years later, Povich was appointed the first woman Senior Editor in the magazine’s history. Her book on that landmark lawsuit, The Good Girls Revolt, was published by PublicAffairs in September 2012 and issued in paperback September 2013.

In 1991, Povich became Editor-in-Chief of Working Woman magazine, the only national business magazine for women. She joined MSNBC.Com in 1996 to help launch the 24-hour news and information cable/internet venture, overseeing the web content of NBC News as well as MSNBC Cable.

Povich has received numerous honors, including a 1976 Matrix Award from Women in Communications for Exceptional Achievement in Magazines and the 2006, Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Women in Periodical Publishing.  

In 2005, she edited a book on her father, famed Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich, called All Those Mornings…At the Post.

A native of Washington, D.C., Povich graduated from Vassar College, where she served as Executive-in-Residence in 1996.  She is married to Stephen B. Shepard, former Editor-in-Chief of Business Week and Founding Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism of the City University of New York.  They have two children

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