For over 25-years, many of us who had our clock radios set to go off on the half hour woke up to Jean Cochran's voice on NPR's Morning Edition letting us know what was going on in the world.
Back in the early 1990's, I heard that one of my colleagues was listing a house right across the street from me, I asked a few neighbors if they knew anyone they'd like to have living among us. There were two households who'd moved to the block from the same condo in nearby Mount Pleasant, and they sugested that I call their old neighbor, Jean.
I recognized her name and felt a little intimidated, but I sucked it up, called her, and she bought the house. She's been a wonderful neighbor and friend evder since.
During her many years on Morning Edition, she's gotten up at about 2:00 am Monday through Friday to get to her office by 3. Her first newscast was at 5:30. It was hard to really have a life, because she had to be in bed asleep by 6:00 pm. On weekends it was hard to keep normal hours for two days, then restart the cycle on Sunday night. We called it Eastern Jean Time.
This morning at 11:30 Eastern time, she delivered her final newscast for NPR. She's retiring, sort of. Whatever she does, her friends will be able to call her after 6:00 pm, and maybe we can move our book group from Friday night to Wednesday! She'll be able to have something other than a Saturday night date - a movie on a weeknight! What a concept!
Jean is a real journalist who did more than just read the news. She wrote her own material and managed to time her newscasts perfectly to fit into her allotted five minutes each hour.
And while I'll miss her voice on the radio, it will be fun to have her around during normal hours - like I keep normal hours myself!