Libby Haight O'Connell, Ph.D.

NMAH Board Alumnus; Chief Historian, Senior Vice President, Corporate Outreach, A&E Television Networks

Libby O’Connell was appointed Chief Historian, Senior Vice President, Corporate Outreach, AETN, in March 2005. Dr. O’Connell serves as historical adviser for HISTORY’s programming department. In addition, she spearheads all educational and community-based initiatives for AETN, including History’s Take A Veteran To School Day and the award-winning Save Our History, and A&E’s Intervention Town Hall Meetings, part of The Recovery Project.  A Question of Life or Meth, executive-produced by Dr. O'Connell, won a 2007 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special. Two of her educational initiatives, Save Our History® and the Biography Project for Schools, have received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Dr. O'Connell was the recipient of the 2007 NCTA's Vanguard Award for Government and Community Relations, the cable industry's highest honor in her field.  Dr. O’Connell resides in New York City.