A trailblazing journalist, Pat Mitchell is the president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media in New York and LA.

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Pat Mitchell began her media career in print (at LOOK) and transitioned to television as opportunities opened up for women in the early 1970s. She was among the first women to anchor the news (WBZ-TV Boston), host a morning talk show (Woman 74), and report from the White House. She was also the first woman to host a talk show, the Emmy-winning Woman to Woman. As a producer, Mitchell's work has garnered 37 Emmy Awards, five Peabodys, and two Academy Award nominations. In 2000, she became the first woman President and CEO of PBS. As head of the Paley Center for Media in New York and Los Angeles, she guides an institution that leads discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.

Mitchell was the co-host of the first TEDWomen, in 2010, and went on to curate and host two subsequent TEDxWomen events, in 2011 and 2012. She was a guest host at TEDGlobal 2010, and most recently is the co-curator and co-host of TEDWomen in 2013 in San Francisco.

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Better, stronger, tougher: Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly at TED 2014

March 21, 2014

In January 2011, US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in an attack on her entourage at a constituent meeting near Tucson. Six people died and thirteen others were injured. She survived, and her recovery has been a remarkable story. At TED2014 she took the stage with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, for a […]

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7 TEDxTalks from women making change to get you ready for TEDxWomen

November 30, 2012

Counting down the final hours of the workweek is a Friday afternoon tradition. And today, you have extra incentive to watch the clock — TEDxWomen kicks off at 6pm in Washington, DC. While one session of the event — “Poverty and Plenty,” hosted by Pat Mitchell of The Paley Center for Media — is taking […]

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