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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anyplace Warm and Tropical
Favorite Quote:
Managers do things right, but leaders do the right thing.

Birthplace

Born:
2/2/1967
Birth Location:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anyplace Warm and Tropical
Favorite Quote:
Managers do things right, but leaders do the right thing.

Birthplace

Born:
2/2/1967
Birth Location:
Fort Lauderdale
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Biography

Broadcast executive Princell Hair was born on February 2, 1967 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Hair attended Fort Lauderdale High School and graduated in 1985. That same year, he enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy, where he spent the next four years. Hair was then admitted to Florida International University in Miami, graduating two years later with his B.S. degree in broadcast journalism. He entered the world of journalism soon after, working as a writer and producer for WPLG-TV and WSVN-TV, ABC and Fox-affiliated stations, respectively. In 1993, Hair was hired as an executive producer for Chicago’s WSVN-TV. After two years, he was hired as an assistant news director for the CBS station WKMG-TV in Orlando, Florida. Hair was then named news director for Hearst television station WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served from 1998 to 2001.

In 2001, Hair was hired by Viacom to oversee thirty nine CBS television stations. After two years with Viacom, he was appointed general manager for the Cable News Network (CNN) and later promoted to senior vice president at Turner Broadcasting, Inc. After enrolling at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, Georgia, Hair obtained his M.B.A. degree in 2006. He was then named senior vice president of news operations for Comcast SportsNet, two years later; and, in 2012, was promoted to senior vice president of news and talent for NBC Sports Group, overseeing talent recruitment, negotiation and development.

Hair has served on the board of directors of the Radio and Television News Directors Association/Foundation (RTNDA/F), and the board of visitors at Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. He won a 1994 Emmy Award in Chicago as Executive Producer of "Our Future Crisis," a broadcast special about inner-city violence. He is a former member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Black MBA Association and the National Association of Broadcasters. He and his wife have five children.

Princell Hair was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 21, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Princell Hair's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Princell Hair lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Princell Hair describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Princell Hair talks about his mother's education and her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Princell Hair describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Princell Hair reflects upon his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Princell Hair describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Princell Hair talks about moving around during his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Princell Hair describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Princell Hair describes the church he attended, the National Church of God in Christ
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Princell Hair talks about his experience at North Side Elementary School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Princell Hair talks about his neighborhood peers' fear of white people
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Princell Hair talks about the demographics of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Princell Hair recalls his mother's initiative in helping him get a good education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Princell Hair describes his mentors in elementary school and high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Princell Hair talks about the demographics of his school classrooms
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Princell Hair talks about his brother's trouble in school due to his mental handicap
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Princell Hair describes the challenges of growing up in the projects while attending school in a more affluent neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Princell Hair talks about his musical interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Princell Hair documents his interest in television as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Princell Hair talks about competing in the state championship with his high school track team
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Princell Hair talks about the history of Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Princell Hair reflect upon a negative encounter with the Fort Lauderdale police
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Princell Hair discusses his high school extracurricular activities and early career ambitions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Princell Hair talks about his high school heroes in journalism including Max Robinson and Dwight Lauderdale
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Princell Hair talks about his decision to join the U.S. Navy after high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Princell Hair talks about being named Mr. Fort Lauderdale in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Princell Hair talks about why he joined the U.S. Navy and the reason he was discharged
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Princell Hair discusses his dropping out of Florida Community College in Gainesville, Florida after becoming a father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Princell Hair talks about the end of his relationship and moving to South Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Princell Hair talks about how he met his wife, Jodie Hair
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Princell Hair talks about his internship and job offer while attending Florida International University (FIU)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Princell Hair talks about one of his mentors, Joel Cheatwood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Princell Hair describes his journalistic philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Princell Hair talks about the coverage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Princell Hair talks about important skill sets needed in news productions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Princell Hair talks about producing news in a crisis situation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Princell Hair talks about his job offer from WDIV in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Princell Hair shares a story about his move to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Princell Hair talks about an employment offer from WBBM Chicago in 1993
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Princell Hair shares some of the news stories from WBBM in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Princell Hair talks about his decision to leave WBBM Chicago after his mentor, John Lansing, departed
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Princell Hair talks about his first opportunity to run a newsroom in Orlando, Florida in 1995
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Princell Hair talks about workplace tensions at his first news director job in Chicago, Illinois in 1997
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Princell Hair discusses the backlash at WMAQ Chicago after they hired Jerry Springer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Princell Hair talks about his decision to move to WBAL Baltimore in 1998 after WMAQ Chicago's staff overhaul
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Princell Hair remembers some of the major stories at WBAL Baltimore
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Princell Hair discusses having to think on your feet during live coverage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Princell Hair talks about WBAL Baltimore's superior coverage of the 2000 mayoral election
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Princell Hair discusses the importance of understanding live reporting in the newsroom
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Princell Hair remembers some of his favorite reporters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Princell Hair talks about leaving the Hurst Group for Viacom in 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Princell Hair talks about his opportunity to join CNN in Atlanta, Georgia in 2003
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Princell Hair talks about lessons he learned as CNN's Domestic News Director and workplace politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Princell Hair talks about his time at CNN in Atlanta, Georgia and his decision to move into sports
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Princell Hair talks about going into sports news with the Comcast Sports Group in 2008
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Princell Hair describes Comcast Sports' news programs and coverage
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Princell Hair describes what it is like to work in local sports news
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Princell Hair talks about Philadelphia's sports fans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Princell Hair talks about developing sports news based on regional preferences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Princell Hair describes his expanded role with NBC Sports Group
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Princell Hair discusses hiring former athletes and how they fare on air
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Princell Hair talks about the most successful regional sports stations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Princell Hair describes his goal in broadcasting to own a network
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Princell Hair discusses the impact of his M.B.A. on his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Princell Hair talks about what he might do differently
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Princell Hair reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Princell Hair talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Princell Hair describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Princell Hair talks about his favorite phrase
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Princell Hair talks about how he would like to be remembered