ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Janet Langhart Cohen, President of Langhart Communications is an Emmy-nominated journalist, author and playwright. Janet began her television career on CBS in Chicago. During her 25-year career, Mrs. Cohen has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and BET; hosted ABC’s “Good Day in Boston;” covered special assignments for Entertainment Tonight; and produced several programs, including “On Capitol Hill with Janet Langhart.” As an overseas correspondent, she covered news in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Mrs. Cohen was also a mentee of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was active during the Civil Rights Movement.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Cohen interviewed many prominent leaders of the 20th century including President Bill Clinton, who acknowledged her during his last State of the Union address, President Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Rosa Parks, Mel Gibson, Bill Cosby, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Denzel Washington, Dan Rather, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters and Larry King as well as David Duke former head of the KKK.
Janet Langhart Cohen has also worked as a columnist for the Boston Herald, U.S. News and World Report and served as a spokeswoman for Avon Cosmetics. She has been a judge for the White House Fellows Program and served as a judge for the Miss America Organization an unprecedented 4 times.
Mrs. Cohen is the wife of former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. She was known as “First Lady of the Pentagon,” due to her active and visible public role to support the military and their families while her husband was in office.
She wrote her first book, a memoir entitled, From Rage to Reason: My Life in Two Americas, in 2004. In 2007, she and her husband co-wrote Love in Black and White, a memoir about race, religion, romance and the bonds Langhart and Cohen share over similar life circumstances and backgrounds. She was also awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from Emerson College.
Mrs. Cohen wrote a play — “Anne and Emmett” — an imagined conversation between Nazi child victim, Anne Frank, and child victim Emmett Till, of the Jim Crow southern United States. The play was produced in Washington, DC in November of 2011 at Atlas Performing Arts Center and is currently in development to be a film. She also is actively involved in the provision of higher education for underprivileged children.