Jeff Zucker is a Jewish American executive and the president of CNN Worldwide.
He was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal.
Jeffrey Zucker was born April 9, 1965 in Homestead, Florida. He graduated from Harvard University, where he was President of the school newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, in 1986 with a B.A. in American History. Immediately following graduation, Zucker began his career at NBC Universal when he joined the company's Olympic unit in 1986.
He served as president of the NBC Universal Television Group from May 2004 until December 2005. Before that, he was president of the Entertainment, News & Cable Group since December 2003, and president of NBC Entertainment since December 2000. Before taking the helm of NBC Entertainment, Zucker spent nearly eight years as the executive producer of NBC News’ Today. Under his leadership at Today, the program became the nation’s most-watched morning news show and the most profitable program on television.
Zucker was appointed executive producer of Today in January 1992 at age 26, which made him the youngest executive producer in the history of the program. He also served as executive producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw in February and March 1993, a post held concurrently with his role at Today. He joined NBC in 1986 as a researcher for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics and joined NBC News as a field producer for Today in January 1989.
Zucker married his wife, Caryn, in 1996 and they live with their four children in New York. Zucker is a member of the board of directors of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Temple Emanu-El, the Robin Hood Foundation, the American Film Institute, the Paley Center for Media, and the Museum of the Moving Image.