Rob Kennedy

Title: President & Co-CEO, C-SPAN

Years in Cable: 36

Education: MBA, U. of Chicago


Susan Swain

Title: President & Co-CEO, C-SPAN

Years in Cable: 34

Education: BA, University of Scranton (PA)

One Word that Best Describes Me: Curious


What a year to cover an election. Co-CEOs Kennedy and Swain have been leading the network through coverage of the presidential election cycle with content across platforms and social media—a project that the net’s recent revamp of its website and authenticating streams have made easier and more consumer friendly. It’s the 10th season they’ve covered, and if it was a reality series, it would be called “C-SPAN,” Kennedy jokes. There’s certainly some truth to that. Meanwhile, the pair adds a little something extra to the networks’ coverage. For instance, Swain moderated the net’s series “First Ladies” and this past year hosted its “Landmark Cases” Supreme Court series, and Kennedy has been influential with musical choices.


Rob Kennedy

The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Continued innovations in program guides including voice navigation

Last show I watched not on my network(s): “Mozart in the Jungle”

My first job: Delivering newspapers

Favorite charity event you work with: Alzheimer’s Association “ALZ Stars”

If this election year was a reality TV series, it would be called… C-SPAN

My cable industry mentor and why: Jack Frazee, head of Centel Cable in the ’80s. He gave us great early career opportunities to grow.

Favorite Podcast: Brian Lamb’s “Q&A” (of course!)

Favorite vacation spot: Corolla, N.C.

My Starbucks order: Small Coffee


Susan Swain

Virtual reality is… filled with exciting possibilities for the future.

Last show I watched not on my network(s): “Madam Secretary”

My first job: Clerking at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

My cable industry mentor and why: Amos Hostetter. Success, principles and grace can come in one package

Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Driverless car—can’t wait to read my way through D.C. traffic 

Favorite vacation spot: Paris cafes (ISIS be damned!)

The Daily


Effros: The More We Change

Folks get it these days; the price for video entertainment is going to continue to go up. It has to. The theory that competition was going to force the desired multiple players to compete on price has always been wrong.

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