Kate O'Brian - Newsy

Kate O'Brian

Head of Scripps National Networks News Group

Kate O'Brian is responsible for the news and programming strategy for Scripps Networks’ news brands Newsy and Court TV, upholding the company’s commitment to quality, objective journalism. Her esteemed career in news and journalism spans nearly four decades. She spent 30 years at ABC News in ascending positions. As senior vice president for news, O’Brian oversaw newsgathering across ABC’s news bureaus worldwide; business, law and justice, medical and investigative units; as well as NewsOne, ABC News Radio and affiliate relations. Also while at ABC News, O’Brian served as general manager of programming for ABC News Radio; as overseas field producer in Rome and London; as producer for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings”; and as manager of talent development. She became the first woman to run a 24/7 cable news organization when she was appointed president at Al Jazeera America, leading the startup news network to multiple awards. Most recently, she has consulted with media organizations on a range of editorial, management and business strategies, working with some of the country’s leading news operations. Among other awards, O’Brian’s work has been honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, an Emmy Award and a George Foster Peabody Award.