Issues in Live Journalism
Truth in an era of misinformation and the dilemma facing journalists
with Mark Lukasiewicz
Tuesday, January 19th 2021
7:00-8:00 PM EST
Join New College alumnus Mark Lukasiewicz (NEW ’79), veteran producer, journalist, media executive and Dean, Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University, in a discussion about challenges facing live journalism and how journalists can take back control in the business of truth telling.
Dean, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University
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.
Dean Lukasiewicz joined Hofstra University as dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication in 2018, where, among his early initiatives, he spearheaded a Herbert School first: the production of a live, multiplatform election night broadcast that pooled the talents of almost 200 students, faculty, and staff to cover local, regional, and national races. Called “Hofstra Votes LIVE,” the ambitious, award-winning project captured the spirit of the University’s “Hofstra Votes” civic engagement campaign and gave students from journalism, film, television, radio, political science, and public relations unparalleled experience in a real-world, high-pressure news gathering environment.
As dean, Lukasiewicz was a keynote panelist in August, 2019 at the international conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication held in Toronto, Canada. He is a frequently quoted commentator on the news media, with appearances on CNN and in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, the Miami Herald and other major media outlets.
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.
Follow Mark Lukasiewicz on Twitter @DeanLuk