The Shriver Report – Cara P. Lemieux

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Cara P. Lemieux

Former Senior Advisor of Digital Strategy

Cara Lemieux is an award winning multi-media journalist, digital communications strategist and writer. She is the former senior director of digital strategy for The Shriver Report.

Prior to 2013, Lemieux was a producer for ABC News Digital, where she oversaw the video and online content for the pro-social series, Standing Up For Heroes with Bob Woodruff.  She is also the creator and founder of Me and Ducky, a blog about navigating single motherhood in New York City, and is a contributing writer for Lifetime Moms. Her pieces address and capture both the public and private issues surrounding single motherhood.

Before moving into new media, Lemieux was the control room producer for ABC’s Good Morning America. She was honored, along with the staff, to earn an Emmy Award for Best Morning Program for 3 consecutive years.

Lemieux is a runner and a three-time finisher of the New York City Half-Marathon. She graduated with honors from Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sociology.  She currently lives in Connecticut with her beautiful daughter.

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