NABJ Congratulates Veteran Television Manager Michael Jack On His Retirement
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Posted by: Aprill Turner
Washington, DC (December 4, 2014) – The National Association of Black Journalists salutes Michael Jack, the veteran television manager, who has announced his intention to retire as the President and General Manager of WNBC-TV / NBC New York, the NBC owned and operated station in New York.
Jack has overseen WNBC-TV since 2010 after having spent eight years at the helm of WRC-TV the NBC owned and operated station in Washington, DC.
“Local television stations serve a vital role in our communities nationwide and provide the primary source of news and information to millions of viewers,” said NABJ President Bob Butler.
“Michael served several years as NBC Universal’s Chief Diversity Officer and played a vital role making sure the NBC-owned Television Stations reflected those communities. As one of few African-American general managers of local television stations he served as an impeccable example of consistent, disciplined and engaged leadership."
Earlier in his career Jack was President and General Manager of WCMH in Columbus. He was also Vice President of Sales at KNBC in Los Angeles. Prior to joining NBC he spent 19 years at Capital Cities/ABC, where he served in multiple management and national and local sales roles in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.
“Michael has been a dynamic leader, who has run three NBC Owned Television Stations over the course of his career,” said Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Television Stations. “He has been a trusted confidante and friend to me, a committed broadcaster and a mentor for so many in our division. He has championed the careers of countless individuals, always reaching back to help others in the industry grow. Michael also has a great family. His wonderful wife, Mary, and treasured daughter, Truce, are his true foundation and they deserve more time with him. We will miss him greatly and wish him all the best for a truly wonderful retirement.”
An industry leader he is the Chairman of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, which was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.