Washington DC Steering Committee

Cathy Hughes

A lifelong advocate for small-business entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and creative freedom, Cathy Hughes has been one of the leading names in media for several decades. The founder of Radio One in 1979, she soon built the company into a major media institution that now operates more than 70 stations and serves 16 major markets. In doing so, she became the first and only African-American woman ever to head a publicly traded corporation. Today, Radio One has grown into the largest black-owned media corporation in the country, with platforms including TV One, Interactive One, Reach Media, and Music One. She is also the recipient of the 2012 NAACP Chairman’s Award, recognizing those who demonstrate special achievement and distinguished public service.