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Marcy A. McGinnis

Marcy A. McGinnis

Former CBS News Senior Vice President


Marcy McGinnis is an accomplished network and cable broadcast news journalist and executive and former associate dean at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. Read More >

Marcy’s career at CBS News spanned over three decades. She held several executive roles including senior vice president of news coverage from 1997-2005, managing the network’s worldwide newsgathering and news coverage operation. She was at the helm of the network’s coverage of the attacks of September 11th, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina. Based in London from 1992 to 1997, McGinnis served as the network’s Vice President for Europe and London Bureau Chief, and Director, Newspath Europe, managing the network’s day-to-day newsgathering and news coverage in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Before London, McGinnis held a variety of positions at CBS News in New York including executive producer, senior producer, producer, associate producer and assistant producer. She started her career at CBS News in 1970 as a secretary in the Special Events Unit.

After leaving CBS, McGinnis went to Stony Brook University in 2006 to help start the School of Journalism – the first journalism school in the State University of New York system of higher education. She established the broadcast journalism program and went on to serve as the School of Journalism’s associate dean from 2007-2013. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Center for News Literacy, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, all housed at Stony Brook University.

After Stony Brook, McGinnis returned to broadcast news to help start a new cable news network, Al Jazeera America, where she serves as Senior Vice President of Newsgathering. Based in New York, she manages the network’s newsgathering and news coverage and the operation and staffing of its domestic and international bureaus.

Over the course of her career, McGinnis received numerous journalism honors including three national Emmy Awards for news coverage of Princess Diana’s death; selection to serve as a judge for the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Awards; and selection as a judge for the Overseas Press Club Excellence Awards and the Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship Awards. She was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Marymount University (2005) and from Hofstra University’s School of Communication (2002). She graduated from Marymount College of Virginia in 1970 with an associate’s degree and was proud to earn her bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York in 2009.

An accomplished public speaker, McGinnis is dedicated to journalism, education and leadership service. Her service includes board memberships for the International Center for Journalists, the International Women in Media Foundation, Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication, Stony Brook University School of Journalism, and the Overseas Press Club Foundation. She presents at seminars, workshops and conferences for commercial and non-profit organizations and universities and high schools and has served as a guest speaker and visiting professor at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, among others. She is the sponsor of an endowed scholarship (The Marcy McGinnis Scholarship for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism) at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. Read Less ^

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Leading Change in Your Organization

Advocating for Yourself

Managing Transition

Learning to Negotiate for Yourself

Understanding Generation Y

I Used to BE Somebody: Life After a Successful Career

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