Pat Mitchell

Lynn Savarese

Pat Mitchell has been at the forefront of three media revolutions. She was among the first women reporters and anchors for national television news, a big player in the rise of cable news as president of CNN productions, and the first female CEO and president of PBS during a time when digital media was changing how people consume information.


Pat Mitchell has long been an advocate for women and girls in television. Mitchell’s new biography tells how she advocated for herself as well. She is the former CEO of PBS and the co-founder of TedWomen. She joined On Second Thought to discuss her new book, Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World.