Jeff Zucker was named Chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports in March, 2019. He has also served as President of CNN Worldwide since 2013.
Zucker oversees all of WarnerMedia’s live programming, including all divisions of CNN Worldwide and Turner Sports. At CNN, that includes the US television network, CNN International, HLN, and CNN’s digital properties. His sports portfolio includes Turner Sports, and Bleacher Report.
In Zucker’s eight years at CNN, he has overseen a dramatic turnaround of the global news network, driving it to its largest audiences ever and turning it into the most used digital news and information outlet in the world. He serves as the domestic channel’s managing editor, setting the daily news agenda across the platforms.
At Turner Sports he is responsible for programming acquisitions, production, marketing, league relations and sports ad sales. The Turner Sports portfolio consists of partnerships with the NBA, the NCAA for the Division One Men’s Basketball Championship, and Major League Baseball. It is also responsible for operating the digital media outlets NCAA.com, NBA.com, and operating NBA TV on behalf of the NBA.
Zucker has had one of the most storied careers in media. He took over NBC’s Today show at the age of 26 and re-invented the historic morning news program. That led to a 25-year career at NBC Universal that ultimately saw him become the company’s CEO. He also served as NBC’s Entertainment President and co-founded the online streaming service Hulu.
Prior 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 included the NBC broadcast network, its news and sports divisions 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 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. That was followed by an eight-year tenure as executive producer of 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.
An eleven-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 has four children and resides in New York City.