Actor, former CNN anchor to headline 9th annual Leadership Conference at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 13 January 2010

TROY, Ala.—The ninth annual Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month will feature two familiar faces as its primary speakers, according to Catherine Jordan, chair of the conference steering committee.

Tim Reid, an actor, director and producer best known for his roles on hit television series such as “Sister, Sister,” “Frank’s Place” and “WKRP in Cincinnati,” and broadcast journalist Lyn Vaughn, who anchored CNN’s Headline News for more than 13 years, will be the featured speakers. Reid will close the conference as the luncheon speaker on Saturday, Feb. 6, while Vaughn will provide the conference opening keynote address on Friday, Feb. 5.

Co-sponsored by the University and the City of Troy, the Leadership Conference annually brings together civic and community leaders, clergymen and business leaders in a collaborative and educational forum. This year’s conference is scheduled for Feb. 5-6 on the Troy Campus.

Registration is $30 and the deadline to register is January 25. Online registration can be accessed at, or by contacting the University’s Institute for Leadership Development at 334-670-5686. Troy University students may attend the conference for a $15 registration fee.

Reid, a native of Norfolk, VA, has received two Emmy nominations for “Best Actor in a Comedy” and for “Best Producer of a Comedy Series” when he starred in CBS’ “Frank's Place” with his wife Daphne. He also received both the NAACP Image Award and the Viewers for Quality Television Award for “Best Actor in a Comedy.” In 1989, Reid founded his own production company in 1989 and, in 1997, he founded his own film studio, New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, VA.

Vaughn left CNN in 1998 to work for a station in Norfolk, VA, returning to Atlanta in 2001. For four years, Vaughn was the host of “Inside Dekalb,” on DCTV. During her tenure, “Inside Dekalb” won the 2007 Southeastern Regional Emmy Award. A native of Lafayette, LA, Vaughn is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles. Vaughn continues to do free-lance work, lending her writing, production and broadcasting skills to several independent projects.