“Washington Business Report” creator and longtime anchor Rebecca Cooper now serves as an Executive-in¬Residence and Special Adviser to the Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the Kogod School of Business and as a faculty member at the School of Communications at American University in Washington, DC. She is also the CEO of Capital Insights LLC and RC/DC Productions, two new startups creating thought leadership forums and media programming to highlight smart conversations with smart people finding solutions.
Named by the Washington Business Journal to its inaugural “Power 100” list of the most influential people in the Washington, Maryland and Virginia business world, Cooper has spent three decades in senior positions in government and media in the nation’s capital.
Rebecca came to Washington in 1988 to serve as senior international trade assistant to Senator David Boren (D¬OK) on the Senate Finance Committee, where she helped write the legislation creating NAFTA and other major trade agreements. She went from working on Capitol Hill to covering Congress and the White House, spending ten years as a reporter and producer at NBC Nightly News, CNN and ABC News.
Cooper returned to public service to serve in the Clinton Administration as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson.
When her children were born, she decided it was time to get off airplanes and discover Washington in a whole new light as the senior national correspondent and anchor at ABC7 News, where she was able to tell the stories of inspiring newsmakers, leaders and everyday people making a difference at the local and national level. She created and anchored “Washington Business Tonight” ¬ a nightly half hour business show on Newschannel 8 that became the #1 rated show on Newschannel 8 and then the show was promoted to the ABC7 Sunday morning lineup where “Washington Business Report” became the #1 weekly Sunday morning news show on WJLA.
Rebecca is the recipient of several journalism awards, including the Peabody, DuPont, Murrow, Cable Ace and Emmy awards. As one of only a handful of reporters inside the White House on 9/11 ¬ and then taken to a secret off¬site White House ¬ Cooper was part of the ABC News team receiving numerous awards for their coverage of the terrorist attacks and the war in Afghanistan.
A member of Leadership Greater Washington, Cooper serves on the Greater Washington Area Advisory Board for Childhelp, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child abuse. She is also active in numerous other national and local charities and serves as an adviser to several Washington¬based organizations focused on growing opportunities for women.
A native of Oklahoma City and member of the board at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, Rebecca is an honors graduate of Duke University and attended the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and American University in Washington. She is the mother of three sons ¬ Max, Gus and Finn ¬ and a beloved rescue dog from the Montgomery County Humane Society.