As a member of the Hollins University community, it is no surprise when a former student goes on to great things. Today, we congratulate Ann Compton on her 40 years of work at ABC News. Compton is a member of the Hollins University class of 1969 and has been a White House correspondent for ABC News since 1974. Not only has she been at her current job for the past 40 years, but she was the first woman to serve as a White House correspondent for a network news organization.
After the terrorist attack of Sep. 11, 2001, Compton was the only broadcast reporter allowed to remain on Air Force One with then President George W. Bush. Compton’s reporting on the Sep. 11 tradgedy earned her recognition with ABC News' Emmy and Peabody awards.
In 2006, Hollins alumnae gathered in Washington, DC where President Nancy Oliver Gray presented Compton with Hollins’ Distinguished Alumnae Award.
In honor of her 40 years of service, President Obama presented Compton with a cupcake Airforce One. President Obama is the seventh US president Compton has covered as a White House Correspondent.
News of Compton’s 40 years at ABC has garnered her well wishes from members of the Hollins University community. This includes messages posted on Twitter:
"@AnnCompton Congrats to a fellow @HollinsAlum , fellow former WDBJ employee, & current fellow ABC employee (I'm at an affiliate)!!" - @KaRendaJean
"Congrats to fellow #Hollins lady @AnnCompton for 40 years with @abcnews! You are such an inspiration!" - Ashley Parker (@fleuredeflorida)
In short, congratulations to Ann Compton, member of the Hollins University class of 1969.