BA, Secondary Ed/Speech, 1970
Deirdre Bryant has been a news correspondent for ABC Radio Networks for 20 years, anchoring hourly newscasts heard coast to coast. She has won a number of professional awards for her work including the Pinnacle Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. She began her career in broadcasting when she was hired for an entry-level position working on The CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite. Two years later, she received a Masters Degree from Penn State and returned to CBS. After several years of working behind the scenes, Deirdre became a reporter, joining ABC Radio News in New York to anchor hourly newscasts in 1981. In addition to her ongoing anchor responsibilities at ABC Radio News, Deirdre also can be heard on WRNJ in New Jersey where she has hosted several talk programs and has been heard on hundreds of local radio commercials.
Deirdre has been active in the community drawing attention to substance abuse and educational issues and has received numerous awards for her many service contributions to the community. She currently is a Trustee for Joan’s Legacy in New York City, a foundation focusing on the rise in non-smoking related lung cancer in women.
Deirdre teaches tap dancing to adults and dances with a small troupe for charity events and at senior citizen homes. She’s currently writing a musical with a fellow WMU alumnus.