February 6, 2023

Cherie Grzech, VP of news for NewsNation, to be fall keynote speaker

ROCKFORD (INBA) – Veteran news executive Cherie Grzech will be the keynote speaker for the INBA Fall Convention in Rockford on Saturday, September 25.

Grzech joined Chicago-based cable network NewsNation earlier this year as its Vice President of News, Managing Editor.

She oversees the network’s day-to day news gathering and production process and supervises a staff of more than 100 reporters, producers, writers, and photojournalists. 

Grzech previously served as Vice President of Fox News, responsible for managing the operations of the network’s Washington, D.C., news bureau, where she developed content for eight hours of daily programming.  She provided daily editorial guidance for more than a dozen teams of journalists working at the White House, Pentagon, and a variety of other federal departments and agencies, and spearheaded the Washington, D.C., bureau’s coverage of the 2020 Presidential campaign.

From 2009 to 2018, Grzech was Fox News’ Senior Director of Politics in Washington, D.C., serving as the network’s primary editorial liaison to both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Grzech began her career in broadcast journalism as an intern and on-air reporter at WJBF-TV in Augusta, Georgia, now owned by Nexstar Media Inc.

In 1995 she supervised a staff of 35 at WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan and was the youngest female news director in the U.S.  At local news powerhouse WRAL-TV in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, she served as Assistant News Director and helped advance all of Capitol Broadcasting businesses with programs built on stretched growth and cross-training. She won an Edward R. Murrow regional award for excellence at KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon, where she was Managing Editor and oversaw a staff of 85.

Grzech graduated from Michigan State University, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Political Science.  She received her Master’s degree in Journalism/New Media from American University.  

To register for our convention on Sept. 25, CLICK HERE.

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