Jeff Zucker Biography
Jeff Zucker is an American former media executive and former president of CNN Worldwide. He oversaw CNN, CNN International, HLN, and CNN Digital. Previously, Jeffrey was the CEO of NBCUniversal. He also served as an executive in residence at Columbia Business School. Zucker resigned from CNN on February 2, 2020, after revealing he failed to disclose a romantic relationship with a top-ranking colleague.
Jeff was born into a Jewish family in Homestead Florida, Miami. He was a captain of the North Miami Senior High School tennis team, editor of the school paper, and a teenage freelance reporter for The Miami Herald. He was also the president of his sophomore, junior, and senior classes and later graduated from the school in 1982.
Before college, Jeff participated in Northwestern University’s National High School Institute program for journalism. He then joined Havard University and was president of the school newspaper, The Havard Crimson, during his senior year. Zucker graduated from Havard in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History.
Immediately after graduation, Jeff started 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. Prior to that, Jeff was president of the Entertainment, News & Cable Group since December 2003, and president of NBC Entertainment since December 2000.
Before he joined NBC Entertainment, Jeff spent almost 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.
In January 1992, he was appointed executive producer of Today, making him the youngest executive producer in the history of the program. Moreover, he served as executive producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw in February and March 1993. In 2000, he was named NBC Entertainment president.
On December 15, 2015, Zucker was promoted by NBC Universal to Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal Television Group behind Robert Charles Wright, vice chairman of General Electric and chairman & CEO of NBC Universal. He later became president and CEO of NBC Universal on February 6, 2007.
Jeff has also worked with Fellow NBC alum, Katie Couric, producing her daytime talk show for Disney-ABC Domestic Television, Katie. However, he left the sow to become the president of CNN Worldwide on January 1, 2013. However, on February 2, 2021, Zucker announced he would step down at the end of the year. In August 2021, it was reported that Jeff did not plan to leave until the completion of the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc.
Zucker resigned from CNN on February 2, 2022. He admitted in his resignation letter that he did not reveal a consensual relationship he had with Allison Gollust, CNN’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer when it began. Following his departure from CNN, Zucker also stepped down as president of WarnerMedia News & Sports.
Jeff Zucker Age
How old is Jeff Zucker? Jeff is 57 years old as of 2022. He was born on April 9, 1965, in Homestead, Florida, the United States of America. In addition, Jeff celebrates his birthday on April 9th every year.
Jeff Zucker Height
Zucker stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 6 inches.
Jeff Zucker Wife
Zucker married his wife Caryn Stephanie Nathanson between 1996 and 2019. The couple met while they were working at NBC. However, in January 2022, Jeff went public that he was in a romantic relationship with Allison Gollust, a CNN Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.
Jeff Zucker Family
Zucker was born and raised by his parents Matthew Zucker and Arline Joyce Zucker. His father was a cardiologist while his mother was an outspoken school teacher who coached the debate team. Jeff has a younger sister named Pam.
Jeff Zucker Children
Zucker has four children; three sons and a daughter. His eldest son is Andrew who served on the advisory board of the Waywire video-sharing site. However, Andrew resigned from the board after it was revealed that he had been granted stock options in the firm co-founded y Booker.
Jeff Zucker Net Worth
Zucker has an estimated net worth of $50 million. His income is mainly from his successful career as a broadcast journalist.
Jeff Zucker Salary
Zucker receives an approximate annual salary of $6 million.