Cheryl Feldman Halpern was the chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) from 2005 to 2007. In this capacity, she has been a critic of National Public Radio, accusing the public network of anti-Israeli bias. She has extensive experience with overseeing pro-American media campaigns abroad. In 1990, she was confirmed as a member of the Board for International Broadcasting and as a director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). From 1995 through 2002, she served as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees non-military overseas broadcasts by the US Government such as Radio Martí, the Voice of America, and Radio Free Iraq.
Halpern has been nominated to the boards of national or international public broadcasting organizations by Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. She is also a board member of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Washington D.C.-based foreign policy interest group, and of the International Republican Institute.
Additionally, President George W. Bush appointed Halpern to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel in May 2008.
In December 2008, Halpern was nominated to be an alternate U.N. representative for the United States (Alternate representatives present U.S. views in a number of smaller forums, including at committee meetings and at ancillary U.N. bodies). She will hold this position until September 2009 when the U.N. General Assembly's 63rd session ends.
- Bush taps former RJC chair for U.N. post by Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), December 8, 2008.
- Paul Farhi. Major GOP Donor Favored as Next CPB Chairman, Washington Post, July 15, 2005.