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DON NASH NAMED EP OF “TODAY”
NBC NEWS PROMOTES DON NASH TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF “TODAY”
New York - November 14, 2012 - Veteran “Today” show Senior
Broadcast Producer Don Nash has been promoted to Executive
Producer of the iconic morning show. The announcement was made
today by Steve Capus, President, NBC News.
Effective December 1, Nash succeeds former “Today” Executive
Producer Jim Bell who has been appointed Executive Producer of
NBCUniversal’s Olympic Coverage.
As Executive Producer, Nash will be responsible for all four
hours of “Today” program content and will lead the broadcast’s
management team and program staff.
Nash will report to Alexandra Wallace, who has been appointed
Executive in Charge of the “Today” show. In that capacity,
Wallace will have executive oversight of “Today.” Wallace will
continue to report to Capus.
Said Capus: “Don Nash deserves to be at the helm of ‘Today.’ He
is a beloved member of the Today family who brings vision,
commitment and a deep familiarity to all aspects of the
broadcast. The formidable individual talents of Alex, Don and
the ‘Today’ leadership are now combined and I’m confident our
team is well positioned for success.”
I also want to thank and congratulate Jim Bell for seven years
of leadership at ‘Today.’ We are grateful for his many
contributions to the show and have no doubt he will have
continued success in his new role as executive producer of the
company’s Olympic coverage.”
Said Bell: “I am thrilled for Don and for ‘Today’. We have spent
nearly every weekday morning together for almost eight years,
and I know firsthand the show will benefit from Don’s unmatched
morning television experience, control room skill and
A 23-year veteran of “Today,” Nash previously served as the
show’s senior broadcast producer where for the past seven years
he orchestrated the live broadcast from the control room each
morning and played an integral role in day-to-day programming.
He has overseen hundreds of breaking news events including three
presidential elections, the capture of Osama Bin Laden, the
Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy,
and the devastating Aurora, Colo. shooting. Nash was also
responsible for the production of many landmark show events and
series including Today’s coverage of the Summer Olympic Games in
London, the Royal Wedding, and “Today Goes Viral.” He most
recently oversaw the program’s multi-million dollar renovation
of its studio exterior and video wall.
Nash began his career at NBC in 1989 as a Page in Burbank, Ca.
Following his role with the Page Program, he accepted a
production assistant position at “Today’s” Burbank Bureau where
he began his remarkable tenure with the show. Over the next 10
years, Nash assumed roles as associate producer and producer,
and in 1999, he moved to New York to become a senior producer
for the show.
In 2002, Nash was named executive producer of “Weekend Today”
where he ran all aspects of the show, including content,
marketing, sales and finance, and he garnered all-time ratings
highs for the program. In 2005 he returned to the weekday
edition of “Today” as senior broadcast producer.
Nash graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in
Communications Studies. He lives in Connecticut with his wife
Gaylen and their two daughters, Cassidy and Alice.
In addition to her Today show responsibilities, Alex Wallace
will continue as the Executive Producer of “Rock Center with
Brian Williams.” She previously served as Senior Vice President
of “NBC News,” and Capus’ chief deputy within the News division.
She has also served as Executive Producer of the broadcasts: NBC
Nightly News with Brian Williams and Weekend Today.
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