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TEDxUIllinois - Rob Kennedy - The C-SPAN Video Library

Rob Kennedy has been C-SPAN's President and co-COO since 2006, a position he shares with his colleague Susan Swain. Together, they are responsible for operations at the nation's only public affairs cable television network. Prior to that, he served as C-SPAN's Executive Vice President and co-COO, and has been C-SPAN's top financial officer since 1987.Rob has worked in the cable television industry his entire career. He brought to C-SPAN experience at both the corporate and system levels of cable television operations. In Rochester, NY, which was a Time, Inc. company, Rob was Vice President of Marketing and Programming. Earlier, he worked at the corporate offices of the Chicago-based Centel Cable Television Company.Rob had an important role to play in C-SPAN's earliest days, when Jack Frazee, the CEO of Centel Cable tasked Rob with writing the first business plan for the start-up cable network. At the time, Mr. Frazee was serving as board chairman for C-SPAN, which is a public service created by the nation's cable television operating companies.Rob is a native of Springfield, IL, Abraham Lincoln's hometown and the state capital, which gave Rob a lifelong interest in politics and history. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Illinois (Illini basketball is another passion). He has also earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.Rob is active in the cable industry. Since 1995, he's been a board member of the Emma Bowen Foundation, which creates mentoring opportunities for minority high school students in cable and broadcast companies. He also serves on the advisory board for theCollege of Media at the University of Illinois.In 2004, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) selected Rob and his co-chief operating officer, Susan Swain, as winners of the Vanguard Award for Programmers, the industry's highest honor.Rob and Cynthia Kennedy are Virginia residents and the parents of three children.
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