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LYNNE CHENEY

Co-Host of Crossfire Sunday

Lynne Cheney is the co-host from the right on CNN's political debate program Crossfire Sunday. The program airs on Sundays from 7:30 - 8 p.m. (ET). She is currently the W.H. Brady, Jr., Distinguished Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), an independent, nonpartisan organization sponsoring original research on domestic and international economic policy, foreign and defense policy, and social and political issues.

Prior to becoming a fellow at AEI, Cheney was chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent federal agency that supports education, research, preservation and public programs in humanities.

As NEH Chairman from 1986 - 1992, Cheney managed an organization of 250 people with an annual budget of $180 million. During her term of office, she expanded the mission of the NEH, an agency traditionally focused on supporting scholarly research, to include an emphasis on excellent teaching both in elementary and secondary schools, as well as in colleges and universities. Cheney's work at the NEH also emphasized the importance of educational programs for the general public by funding such notable museum exhibitions as "The Age of Marvelous" and "Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries." Perhaps the most famous public program supported by NEH during her tenure was Ken Burns' highly regarded television series "The Civil War." She received a B.A. from the University of Colorado and a Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin.



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