Carol Jenkins knows firsthand the importance and ongoing challenges faced by women in the media. A writer and producer, Jenkins is an Emmy award winning former television anchor and correspondent, well known for her tenure with WNBC-TV in New York. Jenkins now serves as president of the Women’s Media Center, a nonprofit advocacy organizations founded in 2004 to make women visible and powerful in the media.
Jenkins is the author, with her daughter Elizabeth Gardner Hines, of Black Titan, A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire, which was selected by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as one of the best non-fiction books of 2004. She served as an executive producer of the PBS documentary, What I Want My Words To Do To You, which won The Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
Jenkins enjoyed a 30 year, award-winning tenure with several New York City news departments, including 23 years at WNBC-TV, where she co-anchored the pivotal 6 p.m. newscast. She was most identified with her reporting of national political stories, including from the floor of Democratic and Republican national conventions that yielded Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. She hosted her own daily talk show, Carol Jenkins Live, on WNYW-TV.
Jenkins, who is working on her second book, about the several generations of journalists in her family, has written articles for More, Ms, and Opportunity Journal and the essay, Standing By: Women in Broadcast Journalism appeared in Sisterhood is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium. She has served on the boards of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Feminist Press, among others, and was Founding Chair of the Board of Greenstone Media, the talk radio network for women.
Jenkins has been honored by the Association of Black Journalists/New York Chapter with Lifetime Achievement and International Reporting Awards, UPI, The Feminist Press, The Daily News with its Front Page Award, YWCA, Girl Scouts of America, Save the Children, Single Parents' Association, United Negro College Fund, Hale House, National Mothers Day Committee as Mother of the Year, the Police Athletic League as Woman of the Year, Abbot House as Humanitarian of the Year, and as Distinguished Alumna of New York University, among many others. She holds honorary doctorates from The College of New Rochelle and Marymount Manhattan College.