Jonathan Wald is the former Senior Vice President of Business News at CNBC. Named to the post in June 2006, he was responsible for all business programming across the network.
A former executive producer of Today and NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, Wald is a three-time Emmy award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for "Best Newscast". Wald led Today to its highest ratings in five years and in its distinguished coverage of the attacks of September 11th. He has worked in television news for more than two decades.
Wald joined CNBC in 2004 in Primetime strategy and program development. In August 2005 Wald launched a series of special reports -- Hurricane Katrina: Crisis and Recovery, and two months later created On The Money, CNBC's signature 7pm program.
Under Wald's leadership, CNBC won its first-ever Emmy Awards for Business & Financial Reporting in 2007 for the network's two-hour original documentary, "Big Brother, Big Business," and CNBC's monthly primetime business news magazine, "Business Nation." In addition, CNBC's one-hour special "Greenspan: Power, Money & The American Dream" was recognized with a Gracie Allen Award for oustanding documentary in 2008.
Wald began his career as a desk assistant at NBC News in 1983 while a student at Columbia, then moved to WBZ-TV in Boston where he produced every major broadcast including the top-rated 11 O'clock News. He returned to NBC News in New York as a field producer for Brian Williams in 1993 producing live and taped reports on top national and international stories, including the historic elections in South Africa, the Fiftieth anniversary of the Normandy invasion, the struggle for democracy in Haiti, and the O.J. Simpson case.
Wald graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts and is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.