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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Station General Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/6/1951
Birth Location:
Berlin,

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Station General Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/6/1951
Birth Location:
Berlin
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Biography

Television manager Michael Jack was born on June 6, 1951 in Berlin, Germany to Johanna Magrete Kresse and Huston Jack, Jr., a military veteran. He moved to Massachusetts at age two, however, he relocated frequently with his father to several military bases in the United States and Germany. Jack attended John F. Kennedy High School in Willingboro, New Jersey and Heidelberg High School in Heidelberg, Germany. After graduation, Jack enrolled in Pennsylvania’s Haverford College where he earned his B.A. degree in political science.

After graduating from college, Jack worked for WABC-TV in New York, a subsidiary of Capital Cities ABC-TV, where he would serve for nineteen years. Jack moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1980, serving as an account executive for ABC sales spots in the city until 1981, when he became a national sales manager at KGO-TV in San Francisco, California. He was promoted to local sales manager at KGO and remained at the station until 1986.

In 1986, Jack moved to Los Angeles becoming Capital Cities’ National Sales Office Sales Manager, where he would work for a decade. In 1996, Jack joined NBC, working for Los Angeles’ KNBC as Vice President of Sales. In his role, Jack oversaw the entire department on both local and national levels. Three years later, Jack became president and general manager of Columbus, Ohio’s NBC affiliate, WCMH-TV station, succeeding executive Bill Katsafanas in managing the entire station. During Jack’s tenure, WCMH led the market in early morning news, late news and prime time markets.

An industry veteran, Jack became president and general manager of WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., jumping from the thirty-fourth largest television market in the nation to the eighth-largest. The same year, Jack was named NBC’s Vice President of Diversity by General Electric Company’s chairman and chief executive officer, Bob Wright. He became the President and General Manger of NBC New York in 2010. Jack serves on a variety of boards, including the Greater Washington Urban League, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

Michael Jack resides in New York with his wife, Mary, and daughter, Truce.

Michael Jack was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 28, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Michael Jack lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Michael Jack describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michael Jack talks about his mother's upbringing in Germany
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michael Jack describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michael Jack describes his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Michael Jack describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Michael Jack describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Michael Jack describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michael Jack recalls moving frequently between the United States and Germany
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michael Jack recalls his early experiences of travel
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michael Jack describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michael Jack talks about his brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michael Jack recalls the radio and television programs of his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Michael Jack talks about his education in New Jersey and Germany
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Michael Jack describes his early experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Michael Jack talks about his family's perception of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Michael Jack remembers the assassinations of Malcolm X and Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Michael Jack describes the demographics of Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michael Jack describes his experiences at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michael Jack remembers the African American community at Haverford College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michael Jack recalls studying at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michael Jack describes his early work in retail marketing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michael Jack recalls starting in the sales training program at WABC-TV in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michael Jack talks about the television advertising industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michael Jack talks about the television programming of the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michael Jack recalls the lack of diversity at New York City's WABC-TV
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Michael Jack describes his experiences of racial discrimination at WABC-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michael Jack describes his experiences of discrimination in the television advertising sales industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michael Jack talks about his career in the sales division of ABC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michael Jack describes his philosophy of salesmanship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michael Jack talks about selling airtime to niche advertisers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michael Jack describes the importance of experience in the media industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michael Jack remembers his decision to work for NBC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michael Jack talks about his marriage and family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Michael Jack describes his role at WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Michael Jack describes the programming on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Michael Jack reflects upon the representation of African Americans in the television industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Michael Jack talks about the lack of diversity on television
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Michael Jack reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Michael Jack describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Michael Jack describes his transition to WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Michael Jack talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Michael Jack describes his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Michael Jack reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Michael Jack reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Michael Jack talks about his parents' response to his success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Michael Jack describes how he would like to be remembered