Jeff Zucker has been the president of CNN since 2013. He oversees all of CNN's businesses, including the CNN US television network, CNN International, HLN, all of CNN's digital properties, and Great Big Story.
Zucker has had one of the most storied careers in media. He took over the Today show at the age of 26 and re-invented the historic morning news program, went on to a 25-year career at NBC Universal that saw him become the company's CEO, greenlit such shows as The Apprentice with Donald Trump, The Voice and Friday Night Lights as NBC's Entertainment President, co-founded the online streaming service Hulu, and is currently leading a dramatic turnaround at CNN.
Prior to coming to CNN, Zucker spent more than two decades at NBC Universal, where he rose through the ranks to become the company's president and CEO from 2007 to 2011. He headed up the global media and entertainment company, which includes the NBC broadcast network, its news division and all of its cable properties (including MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo, Oxygen and Syfy), Universal Pictures and the Universal Theme Parks. Prior to running all of NBCU, Zucker oversaw all of the company's television properties from 2004 to 2007 and was the president of NBC Entertainment from December 2000 until May 2004.
Zucker's ascent at NBC began during his nearly eight-year tenure as executive producer of NBC News' Today. Under his leadership, the show became the most-watched morning news program in America. Concurrent with his role at Today, he served as executive producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw in February and March 1993.
Zucker joined NBC in 1986 as a researcher for NBC Sports' coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. From 1986 to 1988, he traveled the world, compiling and writing background information for NBC Sports. In January 1989, he joined NBC News as a field producer for Today.
A five-time Emmy Award winner, Zucker graduated from Harvard College in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in American history. He served as president of The Harvard Crimson from 1985 to 1986. Born and raised in Miami, Zucker and his wife have four children and reside in New York.
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