President & Chief Executive Officer
Neal Shapiro is an award-winning producer and media executive with a 25-year career spanning print, broadcast, cable and online media.
As CEO of WNET, he oversees the operations of THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV, reaching an audience of more than 5 million monthly.
At the helm of WNET
has nearly doubled arts and culture offerings, emphasized local programming and community engagement; set new fundraising records and inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art studio at Lincoln Center.
has overseen the launch of a number of innovative local programs, including:
NBC News: Before joining WNET in 2007, Shapiro was President of NBC News, leading its top-rated news programs, including Today, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press, as well as Dateline NBC.
Shapiro was executive producer of Dateline NBC from 1993 to 2001, which became a cornerstone of NBC's primetime programming and the first primetime multi-night newsmagazine.
ABC News: Before working at NBC, Shapiro spent 13 years at ABC News, where he was a writer and producer for PrimeTime Live and World News Tonight.
He served as broadcast producer of PrimeTime Live, where he wrote and produced over 30 stories, including breaking news, profiles, and investigative reports.
has won numerous awards, including 32 Emmys, 31 Edward R. Murrow Awards and 3 Columbia DuPont awards.
He serves on the Boards of Tufts University, Gannett Company, the Investigative News Network (INN) and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Shapiro graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with degrees in history and political science.
He was the editor-in-chief of the Tufts Observer and he was a stringer for The New York Times and The Boston Globe.