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Trail-Blazing Native Journalist and Author,
Hattie Kauffman, Is Commencement Speaker


Hattie Kauffman

CMN’s 2014 guest Commencement Speaker was Hattie Kauffman, a Nez Perce who enjoyed a long and successful career as a TV reporter.


Ms. Kauffman began her TV career with a major-market station in Seattle, Washington, and was then hired as a special correspondent and frequent substitute anchor at ABC's Good Morning America in New York. She later moved to CBS News as a correspondent and substitute anchor on CBS This Morning. In her two decades with the network, she also reported for 48 Hours, Street Stories, Sunday Morning, CBS Radio, CBS Special Reports, The Early Show, and CBS Evening News. Ms. Kauffman was the first American Indian on air on major television stations, and earned four Emmy awards and other recognition during her long career.


She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and attended the UM Graduate School of Journalism. In 2013, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Eastern Washington University. Kauffman’s 2013 memoir titled “Falling into Place” was published in Fall 2013.