Joe Peyronnin has been an award winning producer and senior executive in broadcast journalism for 40 years at CBS News, Fox News and Telemundo/NBC News. Since 2006 he has worked as an investor and corporate adviser to digital media content and software companies. He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and FOXNews.com, where he writes and comments about politics, business and media.
Peyronnin created Telemundo’s first network news division in 1999 and ran it until his departure in 2006. During his tenure as Executive Vice President News and Information Programming for the Miami-based Spanish language network he built an international news organization and launched many news programs. Telemundo received critical praise for its coverage of the terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Center in September, 2001, and its coverage of the Iraq War.
Peyronnin was President of Fox News (1995-96), where he put together the core of what is now the Fox News Channel, oversaw many network news specials and created Fox News Sunday.
He served as Vice President and Assistant to the President for CBS News (1989-96) where he was in charge of news gathering and news programming, including 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, The CBS Evening News, Sunday Morning and The CBS Morning News. He had previously served as CBS News Washington Bureau Chief (1987-89), senior Evening News Washington producer (1982-87), and as a White House producer (1979-82). As a CBS Evening News producer he also covered all of the US-Soviet Summits, the Israeli invasion of Beirut, Lebanon, in 1982, President Reagan’s visit to China in 1984, several presidential elections and political conventions. He has met every U.S. President from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.
Peyronnin began his television career in 1970 as a local news producer at WBBM-TV Chicago. He has collected two Emmy Awards for breaking news and a Polk award for CBS News coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student uprising in Beijing, China. Peyronnin is currently vice chairman of the board for the Mental Health Association of New York City, a trustee at Gracie Square Hospital, a former trustee at Columbia College Chicago, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He earned an MBA (’77) from The Walter Heller School at Roosevelt University in Chicago.