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Marcy McGinnis

Communications Trainer, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Marcy McGinnis is currently a communications trainer with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. McGinnis is also an award-winning television news network and cable senior executive with university journalism school administrative and academic experience. She had a career at CBSNews that spanned over three decades. As senior vice president of news coverage, she managed the network’s worldwide newsgathering and news coverage operation and was at the helm of the network’s coverage of the attacks of September 11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.

After CBS News, McGinnis served as associate dean of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism for seven years. With the founding dean, she helped start the first undergraduate School of Journalism in the SUNY system and was 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.

She returned to television news from 2013-2015 as senior vice president of newsgathering and corporate outreach for Al Jazeera America.

McGinnis was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Marymount University (2005) and Hofstra University’s School of Communication (2002). She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York.

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