Who is Chris Licht?
Chris Licht is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNN Worldwide. He was selected to take over this role after the former president of CNN, Jeff Zucker resigned abruptly.
He most recently worked at CBS, where he was Executive Vice President of Special Programming since May 2016. In that capacity, he gave advice on various types of material for several network departments.
Licht co-created “Morning Joe” on MSNBC and served as its first executive producer before joining CBS. He oversaw the program as it won praise from critics for its discussions with prominent figures in the news and analysis of major news events.
In addition to covering almost all significant news events, he spearheaded the show’s extensive on-location coverage of the 2008 election. Prior to “Morning Joe,” Licht worked as an executive producer and senior producer for Joe Scarborough’s MSNBC show “Scarborough Country.”
Chris Licht Age
Licht is 51 years old. He was born on October 22, 1971, in Newtown, Connecticut, USA.
Chris Licht Education
Licht graduated with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and political science from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.
Chris Licht Wife
Licht is married to Jenny Blanco. The couple married in 2006 and they have been together ever since. They have two sons together.
Chris Licht’s Net Worth
Licht has an estimated net worth of $15 million. He generates a sustainable livelihood from his career as the CEO of CNN.
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Licht began his news career in 1995 at KNBC in Los Angeles. During the O.J. Simpson trial, he quickly established himself as a competent producer. Over the course of the subsequent seven years at KNBC, he advanced to the position of special projects producer, oversaw the station’s Olympic coverage, and eventually created “Channel 4 News at 11.”
NBC shifted Licht to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, where he was a crucial member of the transition team for the network’s acquisition of KNTV. He stayed with the channel as executive producer after the change.
When it comes to creating and producing content for networks, cable, and streaming services, Licht has experience in news, scripted, non-scripted, talk shows, and live programming. He was chosen to represent the Producers Guild of America East on the Board of Representatives in 2018.
He was named Zucker’s replacement on February 26, 2022, following the surprise resignation of CNN President Jeff Zucker in February 2022. In a statement to all workers that he delivered on his first day as CNN’s chairman and CEO, Licht lamented that “unfortunately, too many people have lost faith in the news industry.”
Chris Licht Political Views
Licht appears to be taking a neutral stand in matters of politics. He has acknowledged the desire to change Republicans’ unfavorable opinions of CNN. One such strategy requires CNN only refer to news as “breaking news” when they are really important.
Chris Licht Health
Licht experienced a brain hemorrhage while driving in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2010, narrowly escaping death. The experience inspired him to write a book titled, “What I Learned When I Almost Died.”
Joe Biden, the vice president at the time and a fellow aneurysm survivor, cold-called a highly regarded neurosurgeon to take care of him.
Who are Licht’s Parents?
Licht was born to Susan Mary and Dr. Peter David Licht. However, not much is known about his family and background.