Community Conversations with Candi Carter at Poynter Institute

Candi Carter, executive producer of ABC’s “The View” with Faye Tippy, reporter at The Weekly Challenger

BY FAYE TIPPY, Staff Writer

ST. PETERSBURG — Spirited, dynamic, down to earth, practical, humorous, informative, vivacious are a few words used to describe television personality Candi Carter, who is also the executive producer of ABC’s “The View.”

In town last month, Carter sat on a panel about diversity and inclusion at Poynter Institute’s Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. The academy is a partnership with the Washington Post and designed to train journalists of color in digital media to thrive personally and professionally. It is a highly competitive, transformative, tuition-free leadership program.

Carter shared her background and experiences with an audience of more than 200 people in a VIP reception at the Poynter Institute in downtown St. Pete. The community conversation included a range of attendees, among them journalism students, experienced journalists, community partners and leaders and Rising Stars participants, who are young journalists that attended a reporting workshop.

Carter is an Emmy award-winning producer with more than 25 years in the industry. She started her career at CNN and spent 15 years at The Oprah Winfrey Show.

She is currently one of the highest-ranking African Americans in the industry (and first at ABC) in her role as executive producer of “The View.” Under her tenure, the talk show was recently highlighted by the New York Times as the most influential political show in America right now.

Carter sat with PolitiFact’s managing editor, Katie Saunders, to discuss topics such as the power of a majority female audience, how to moderate an authentic debate between political parties and how “The View” may change the 2020 election.

In the audience question and answer portion, Carter was asked about “assimilation” as an African-American woman in a white male industry. She said, “I like to win. You can’t win if you’re not in the game. And in any game, you have to have the uniform.”

Carter also talked about being authentic, giving back and mentoring, and revealed how she unwinds from her high energy, fast-paced career.

“I get up at 4:45 a.m. for my quiet time. I work out, and I read on my commute in from New Jersey to New York City in the morning. During hiatus, I take a big break from all things media related.”

Community Conversations is a regular event at Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism headquartered in downtown St. Petersburg. For more information, visit poynter.org

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