Marcy McGinnis

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Marcy McGinnis is a professional career and life coach and a communications trainer. Her areas of concentration include the scientific and media industries. She was instrumental in the creation of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. As the associate dean of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism, McGinnis helped create the Alda Center’s original distilling your message/message design curriculum. Calling upon her extensive background in broadcast news, she was also at the core of the Alda Center’s curriculum that concentrates on how to communicate with the media and how to do media interviews.

McGinnis is an award-winning television news network and cable senior executive. She had a career at CBS News that spanned over three decades. As senior vice president of news coverage, she managed the network’s news-gathering and news coverage operation and the development of the network’s on-air talent and producers worldwide.

After CBS News, McGinnis served as the associate dean of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism where she created the broadcast curriculum and taught many courses including on-air performance. In addition to the Alda Center, she helped create the Center for News Literacy and the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting. McGinnis was awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Marymount University, Arlington, VA and Hofstra University’s School of Communication, Hempstead, NY. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York.

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Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
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