CNN logo

Infoseek/Big Yellow

Pathfinder/Warner Bros

Barnes and Noble

Crossfire halfbanner
Lynne Cheney

Lynne Cheney

Lynne Cheney is co-host of from the right on CNN's political debate program Crossfire Sunday. The program airs on Sundays from 7:30-8:00 p.m. (ET). She is currently a senior 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 through 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. She established programs to provide intellectual renewal for school teachers and to recognize and reward those in higher education who have distinguished themselves through teaching. She encouraged private funders, including business groups, to become involved in school improvement. Cheney became a nationwide spokeswoman for education reform, issuing six major reports that deal with persistent problems in schools, 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."

Cheney's articles on education and culture have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications.

Cheney has taught at several colleges and universities and was a senior editor at Washingtonian magazine. She is the author of two books; co-author of two others, including Kings of the Hill which she wrote with her husband, former Secretary of Defense, Richard Cheney.

Cheney serves on the boards of the Reader's Digest Association, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, FPL Group, Union Pacific Group Resources and IDS Mutual Fund Group. She is also a board member of the Madison Center for Educational Affairs and the Grand Teton Music Festival. She is writing a book on the social impact of current trends in the United States.

Cheney holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from the University of Colorado.

| Main Page | Sneak Preview | Message Board |
| Fun Facts | Show Guide | Web Welcome | Transcripts |
Message Boards

Sound off on our message boards

Tell us what you think!

You said it...
To the top

© 1997 Cable News Network, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.