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|Jan Hopkins Trachtman '69|
Jan Hopkins Trachtman has said that she did not set out to become a television newscaster in New York City or anywhere else for that matter. But that's exactly what happened!
After graduating cum laude from Hiram in 1969, Jan spent time teaching in Lakewood, Ohio before pursuing her masters at Case Western Reserve. While at Case, where she majored in American Studies and communications, she did an internship with a man who was a Ph.D. student and a producer of a late night radio talk show. The man was Alan Douglas and his program was similar to Larry King's CNN interview show. Night after night, as Douglas conducted interviews Jan learned the art of an interview.
It was during one summer in California that Jan thumbed through a Stanford catalogue and discovered a program in broadcast news and public affairs. While the prospect held great appeal, landing a job was no easy feat, especially for a woman in the early 70s.
She began her career at 1300 WERE-AM in Cleveland, not at as a broadcaster but as a secretary. With little hope of getting any on-air time, she left and returned to Warren, Ohio and a tiny radio station based in a farmhouse. Two years later, when management at WERE was ready to take a chance on her, she returned as general news reporter. From that moment, she was on her way.
Hired as a reporter of CBS affiliate WKBN in Youngstown, OH, Jan gained national attention and the attention of CBS executives with her coverage of the steel mill shut downs. From many offers, she accepted a position in Cincinnati as a reporter and anchor, staying two years before she won a fellowship to attend Columbia University's business school - a move that took her to New York. She continued working from time to time with CBS and, after a year, accepted a job as a national assignment editor at the network. In 1984, Jan accepted a position as an on-air reporter with CNN and remained there for 14 years.
Along the way, Jan has collected a myriad of awards: The Peabody Award for coverage of the Stock Market Crash in 1987, the Front Page Award, a Janus Award and an Investigative Reporting Award from the Cleveland Press Club. Featured on the cover of Inside Business, Jan has been touted as one of the most visible female business journalists in the world. Working several programs for the network including “Managing with Jan Hopkins,” and entrepreneurial and business program; “Street Sweep” a daily market and Wall Street review; “Capital Ideas,” focusing on investment markets; and “Moneyline,” on which she appears regularly, it is no wonder she is known as a consummate broadcast professional.
Hiram College has been pleased to have Jan serve as a Trustee and to have seen her inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent College's Hall of Excellence. In turn, she has also been inducted into the Warren G. Harding Hall of Fame in hometown Warren, Ohio.