Beth Cochran

Beth Cochran is a television historian for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Archive of American Television, researching and interviewing soap actors, producers and writers. She was a producer for SOAPNet's daily talk show Soap Talk and worked at General Hospital on the Emmy-winning Metro Court Explosion storyline.


Beth began her career as an entertainment journalist, writing for several soap magazines, including Soap Opera Digest. As a reporter, she covered Y&R, B&B, GH, Another World and Port Charles.

She became a producer for SOAPNet, producing the talk show Soap Talk, and many other specials for the network, including SOAPNet Reveals ABC Soap Secrets and the Daytime Emmy Pre-Show for several years.

Beth is the lead researcher and interviewer for the Archive of American Television, interviewing industry icons who have made significant contributions to TV, including soap stars, soap writers and producers.

As a production continuity supervisor at General Hospital, Beth got to work with the cast and crew during the Metro Court Hostage Crisis/Explosion storyline.

Beth Cochran

Soap fans are a rare breed. I should know, I've been one since I was 12! One of my childhood memories is of my mother screaming in shock when she found out that John Dixon faked his own death on As the World Turns. Watching soaps with the important women in my life – my mother, grandmother, and aunt – created a lot of girl bonding and special memories while I was growing up. Since then I’ve become more of an insider with behind-the-scenes experience, but I’m just as excited about characters and storylines as I was when I read my very first Soap Opera Digest. I’m thrilled at the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion with fans of all soaps – past and present.

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