Emmy Award-winning NBC News executive Mark Lukasiewicz, who helped to pioneer the network’s multiplatform storytelling and produced live coverage of major news events including four presidential elections and ten presidential debates, has been appointed dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, President Stuart Rabinowitz announced today.
Lukasiewicz brings deep experience as a broadcast journalist, production executive and transformational newsroom leader known for his innovative methods of integrating digital media and traditional television platforms. He will begin July 1.
Lukasiewicz was chosen following a national search that included a committee of Hofstra faculty, administrators, and trustees, appointed by the President last fall.
Over a career that spans nearly four decades, Lukasiewicz spent 17 years at NBC, serving as executive-in-charge of the NBC News Group Transformation Project, senior vice president of NBC News Specials and the news division’s first vice president of digital media.
His work includes producing NBC Universal coverage of national and international breaking news, as well as conventions, inaugurations, state funerals and papal conclaves. He planned and supervised coverage of global events such as the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the death of Osama Bin Laden, the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and interviews with world leaders including Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
He has produced numerous live and longform 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.
“Mark Lukasiewicz is an outstanding journalist and dynamic leader whose career has been defined by his ability to embrace technology and harness its power to tell some of the most important stories in the world,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz.
“The pace of change in the communications field is unprecedented,” he said. “His knowledge and understanding of this landscape, and his experience navigating it, will serve the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and its students well.”
During his time with NBC, Lukasiewicz helped create a newsroom culture that leveraged technology and encouraged collaboration across platforms and functions. He led a team that reimagined and redesigned the central newsroom at NBC News headquarters in New York, and introduced a custom news app that allowed real-time sharing of reporting among editorial units.
“The field of communications has never been a bigger part of our daily lives, nor more important and critical to the civic life of our nation,” Lukasiewicz said. “I’ve been privileged to work with, and learn from, some of the best professionals in the world. Now, I have an opportunity to give back. I am thrilled to be leading the team at the Herbert School as we help to strengthen and grow our industry, launching new generations of strong, skillful, ethical professionals into this exciting and vital field.”
The Herbert School’s Department of Radio, Television, Film was named to Variety’s 2017 list of “stellar film schools” worldwide – the second year in a row that Hofstra made the industry magazine’s annual list of top schools for training media and entertainment professionals. It is also home to WRHU-88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University, the award-winning student-run radio station that twice has been named non-commercial radio station of the year by the National Association of Broadcasters in the prestigious Marconi Awards (2014 and 2017).
“Mark Lukasiewicz is a trailblazer who has succeeded at the highest levels of the communications industry,” said Gail Simmons, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “We’re excited for him to bring his energy, experience and expertise to the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.”
Prior to NBC, Lukasiewicz spent 11 years with 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.” He’s also taught video storytelling at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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 with honors in economics from the University of Toronto. He lives in Westchester County, NY with his wife, attorney Lori Harris, and their three children.