Marcy McGinnis was associate dean of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism from 2007 until 2014. McGinnis joined Stony Brook as director of the broadcast journalism program in 2006 and, with the founding dean, helped start the first undergraduate school of journalism in the SUNY system. In addition to teaching, McGinnis also manages the school’s newsroom and television studio. She oversees student and faculty recruitment and the school’s development and marketing strategies. She helps manage the school’s operations and budget. With the dean, she hires and manages permanent and adjunct faculty and staff. She created and oversees the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists, created and runs the school’s career preparation and placement initiative and co-runs the school’s internship program. McGinnis developed the broadcast and video curriculum and helped develop the overall journalism curriculum. McGinnis was instrumental in establishing the Center for News Literacy, the Center for Communicating Science, and the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, all housed at Stony Brook University.
McGinnis joined the journalism faculty after a career at CBS News that spanned over three decades.
McGinnis was Senior Vice President, News Coverage, at CBS News from 2001-2005 and Vice President, News Coverage from 1997-2001. She managed CBS News' worldwide newsgathering operation, hard news broadcasts, special events coverage and breaking news as well as the operation and staffing of all domestic and overseas bureaus. She managed a worldwide staff of over 600 and a budget of $300M. McGinnis was at the helm of the newsgathering operation during coverage of 9/11, the war in Afghanistan and Hurricane Katrina. She was one of the primary architects of CBS News' award-winning coverage of the war in Iraq.
Prior to her appointment as Vice President, News Coverage, McGinnis was Vice President, Europe and London Bureau Chief for CBS News (1995-97), running its day-to-day newsgathering and news coverage in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She received three Emmy Awards for coverage of the death of Princess Diana. She was Deputy London Bureau Chief and Director, Newspath Europe, from 1992-1995. While in Europe, she created and managed a highly competitive and lucrative newsgathering consortium of international news broadcasters.
Before she was assigned to London, McGinnis held a variety of positions with CBS News including executive producer (1989-92), senior producer (1986-89), producer (1983-86), associate producer (1977-83), and assistant producer (1973-77).
A recognized leader in the news industry, McGinnis was selected to serve a 3-year term as a judge for the prestigious Columbia University DuPont Awards from 2013-2016. She has been a judge for the Overseas Press Club Awards since 2006. She was the 2012 keynote speaker at the Dallas Morning News statewide journalism awards day, and has presented at the Scripps Howard Advanced Leadership Academy, the Asian American Journalists Association Executive Leadership programs, and the International Women in Media Leadership programs over many years.
McGinnis serves on the board of directors of the International Center for Journalists, the board of visitors of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication, the board of advisors of the International Women’s Media Foundation, Stony Brook University’s School of Professional Development, the Center for News Literacy and the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting.
McGinnis is an accomplished public speaker on the media, news literacy, higher education, career development, and women’s issues among other topics. She was commencement speaker at Marymount University (2005) and Hofstra University (2002) and has also been a guest lecturer and speaker at many other colleges, universities and high schools in the U.S. and overseas. She also served as a Hearst Teaching Fellow at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.
McGinnis was awarded honorary doctorates from Marymount University (2005) and from Hofstra University's School of Communication (2002). She is currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree program at Stony Brook University. She received her bachelor degree from the State University of New York.