Former Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dennis Swanson is a legend in the TV industry who served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF) from 1992 to 2012. During his role as EBF Chairman, he was responsible for helping to build corporate support, both for student internships and funding, in the critical formative years of EBF. Mr. Swanson helped guide EBF throughout his 20-year term to ensure that the organization stayed focused on its mission of diversity in the media. Mr. Swanson, whose most recent position before retiring in 2016 was as President of Station Operations for Fox Television Stations Group, has held executive positions at all four major broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox) throughout his career. Mr. Swanson began his career in the industry as a news producer, and quickly became known as a “fixer,” landing executive positions and catapulting lagging stations such as Chicago’s ABC7 to success. Mr. Swanson is credited for a range of TV successes, including giving Oprah Winfrey her big break in Chicago, successfully lobbying the International Olympic Committee to stagger the winter and summer Olympic Games, and pairing Kathie Lee Gifford with Regis Philbin as one of America’s favorite talk show teams. Under his direction as president and general manager, WNBC became the No. 1 television station in New York. Mr. Swanson also served as the President of ABC Sports from 1986 to 1996. In 1995, Mr. Swanson was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

 


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