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Mark Lukasiewicz - Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY, US

Mark Lukasiewicz Mark Lukasiewicz

Dean, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication | Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY, UNITED STATES

Veteran journalist and media executive; now shaping the vision of one of the country's top communication schools.

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Behind the Scenes at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions NBC News' Mark Lukasiewicz in London for the Royal Wedding - 4/28/11 Dean Mark Lukasiewicz – CNN’s “Reliable Sources” The Evolution of Televised Debates with Mark Lukasiewicz

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Biography

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.

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Accomplishments (8)

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

Education (1)

University of Toronto: BA, Economics

1979

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Polish

Media Appearances (15)

Can Live TV Become Journalism Again?

Columbia Journalism Review  online

2020-04-01

In this op-ed, Mark Lukasiewicz discusses a growing movement among television news outlets to delay live broadcast of President Trump's daily COVID-19 briefings to minimize falsehoods and politicizing.

He writes: "In recent years, 'live' and 'breaking' have become even more dominant, and somewhat devalued, buzzwords of the business. And that has marked a substantial further surrender of journalism and journalistic values in television news."

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No Audience? No Problem. A TV Debate Like Few Others Gets High Marks.

The New York Times  print

2020-03-16

Mark Lukasiewicz, who produced 10 debates for NBC News and MSNBC from 2004 to 2016, said that he never proposed — and NBC News never considered — hosting a presidential debate without a live audience during his tenure there.

“All of us — the networks, the parties and the candidates — became invested over the years in making debates bigger and splashier every cycle,” Mr. Lukasiewicz, who now teaches at Hofstra University, said in an interview on Sunday night. “There’s no question that we let substance and content suffer.”

“It would be nice,” he added, if the audience-less CNN debate “showed us all there’s a better, simpler, older way.”

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Rough debate performance by moderators a blow to CBS News

Associated Press  online

2020-02-26

“These are good journalists, every one of them,” said Mark Lukasiewicz, who produced debates at NBC News and is now dean of the communication school at Hofstra University. “But being a journalist and being a debate moderator are different functions. And they did not do a good job.”

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Fox News Ditches Impeachment Trial Coverage In Favor Of Prime Time Shows

NPR  radio

2020-01-26

LUKASIEWICZ: "I think Uncle Walter would be shocked at the changes in his business since he was in that chair. There are just dramatically more platforms in which to absorb this content live and on tape but particularly live. And it's leading the broadcast networks to make different decisions. And the fact is the broadcast networks are no longer the lead players when it comes to live news delivery in this country."

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CBS’ Early Exit Shows Decisions Networks Face on Impeachment

Associated Press  online

2020-01-21

“These decisions are difficult and they’re not always solely in the hands of the news divisions,” said Mark Lukasiewicz, a former NBC News executive and now dean of Hofstra University’s School of Communication.

Sticking with news coverage becomes more difficult for the networks in the prime-time hours of 8 to 11 p.m., because that means a more significant loss of advertising revenue, Lukasiewicz said.

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‘Stunning piece of propaganda’: Journalists blast One America News series

Politico  online

2019-12-19

Mark Lukasiewicz, dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University, said “the advocate is in the driver’s seat” in the OAN series, with Giuliani bringing forth documents on screen and helping conduct interviews. “The role typically played by an investigative journalist is played by Rudy Giuliani,” he said.

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Lukasiewicz: Conspiracies Are a 'Deliberate Deception'

CNN's "Reliable Sources"  tv

2019-12-15

Former NBC News executive Mark Lukasiewicz argues that the conspiracy theories tied to the Ukraine scandal are really "a disinformation campaign. It's deliberate deception. It's fabrication." He says the media does "a disservice" by repeating false narratives.

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The fifth Democratic presidential primary debate scores 6.6 million viewers, the lowest so far

Los Angeles Times  online

2019-11-21

“It was a substantive debate, but it was, in every way, a sideshow to the existential presidential drama unfolding in Washington even as the candidates were arriving to debate,” said Mark Lukasiewicz, dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University. “I imagine there were many viewers exhausted from tracking the impeachment hearings.”

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The Rise and Fall of Michael Avenatti

Associated Press  online

2019-03-28

[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.”

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Examining the State of Journalism

Talkers Magazine  online

2019-03-19

Michael Harrison chats with Mark Lukasiewicz, Dean of Hofstra University's Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, about the state of journalism in America.

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Should networks air Trump's speeches live?

CNN's "Reliable Sources"  tv

2019-01-13

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.

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Facing pressure, networks fact-check Trump speech

Associated Press  

2019-01-08

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.”

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Bad headlines for Trump also means ratings slump for Hannity

Associated Press  online

2018-12-26

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.”

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Hofstra Names Former NBC News Executive as Communications School Dean

Newsday  online

2018-03-27

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.

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Mark Lukasiewicz Named Dean of Hofstra’s School of Communication

TVNewser  online

2018-03-27

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.

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