Mark Lukasiewicz is a veteran producer, journalist, and media executive who has spent his professional career telling important stories to worldwide audiences and helping media organizations deal with transformational change.
Most recently, he was senior vice president of specials at NBC News, planning and supervising coverage of major breaking news events such as the death of Osama bin Laden, the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and presidential elections and debates from 2004 to 2016. Also at NBC, he served as NBC News’ first vice president of digital media, and later as executive-in-charge of the NBC News Group Transformation Project, a multiyear redesign and reimagining of technology, workspace, and workflow across NBCUniversal’s news platforms.
Before NBC, Lukasiewicz spent 11 years at ABC News where he was executive producer of Good Morning America, senior producer of World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and senior producer of Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. In his decades-long career, he has produced numerous live and long-form programs, winning 10 Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, among other journalism and international film festival awards. He has also taught video storytelling at the Columbia Journalism School, and has been a featured speaker at professional conferences in the United States and abroad.
A native of Canada, Lukasiewicz began his career as a reporter and columnist with The Globe and Mail and later as a senior producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He earned a BA in economics (with honours) from the University of Toronto.
Industry Expertise (4)
Areas of Expertise (7)
News & Documentary Emmy Awards (10) (professional)
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Peabody Award (2) (professional)
University of Georgia
Grand Prize - Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Awards (professional)
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial
Investigative Reporters & Editors Award (professional)
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Citation of Excellence (professional)
Overseas Press Club
Gold Hugo (professional)
Chicago Film Festival
Chris Award (professional)
Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Webby Award (professional)
International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences
University of Toronto: BA, Economics
Media Appearances (7)
The Rise and Fall of Michael Avenatti
Associated Press online
[Avenatti's] brash, trash-talking style appealed in particular to those who wanted “to see someone engage with the Republican base on that kind of street-fighter level,” said Mark Lukasiewicz, dean of Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.
Plus, he was good at it.
“He is articulate. He is telegenic,” said Lukasiewicz, a former executive with NBC and ABC. “He knows how to be provocative in a cable-news landscape where how you speak can become as important as what you know.”
Examining the State of Journalism
Talkers Magazine online
Michael Harrison chats with Mark Lukasiewicz, Dean of Hofstra University's Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, about the state of journalism in America.
Should networks air Trump's speeches live?
CNN's "Reliable Sources" tv
President Trump's record of deception has some media critics questioning whether the broadcast networks should have granted his recent request for air time. Will the networks think twice the next time he asks? Indira Lakshmanan and Mark Lukasiewicz discuss the issue with Brian Stelter.
Facing pressure, networks fact-check Trump speech
By airing the rebuttal from Pelosi and Schumer, the networks did something that is seldom done for presidential speeches, except for events like the State of the Union address, said former NBC News executive Mark Lukasiewicz, now dean of the Hofstra University communications school. That sets a precedent that may be tough for them to back away from in future events, he said.
Lukasiewicz argued that for the networks, it was an awkward night that would not please either side of the debate over border security.
“The president made no news and no new proposals,” he said. “It is hard to argue this night was about anything other than pure politics — and the networks interrupted programming to accommodate it.”
Bad headlines for Trump also means ratings slump for Hannity
Associated Press online
Maddow has been beating Hannity outright in December, a turnaround from October. During that month, when Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation drama dominated the news, Hannity’s audience routinely exceeded Maddow’s by about a million people each night, Nielsen said.
“I think it’s a reflection of the mood of his audience,” said Mark Lukasiewicz, dean of Hofstra University’s communications school and a longtime NBC executive. “They can’t be happy with what is coming out of Washington every day.”
Hofstra Names Former NBC News Executive as Communications School Dean
Mark Lukasiewicz has supervised news coverage of global events such as the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the death of Osama bin Laden and the visit of Pope Francis to the United States.
And on July 1, the Emmy Award-winning NBC News executive will add the job of dean of Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication to his resume.
Mark Lukasiewicz Named Dean of Hofstra’s School of Communication
Former NBC News executive Mark Lukasiewicz has been appointed dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University.
Lukasiewicz left NBC News last year after 16 years at the network. His roles included executive-in-charge of the NBC News Group Transformation Project, svp of NBC News Specials, and he was the news division’s first vp of digital media.