Kathryn McManus is known for her innovation within media and communications. Kathryn founded and sold NewsCertified Exchange a networking site that connects journalists with expert sources. NCE’s database, newscertified.com, is currently used by reporters and editors in more than 40 countries and associated with more than 250 of the world’s major media outlets. Prior to NCE Kathryn launched CNN Japan (CNNj). During her tenure, CNNj grew from 3.8 million household subscribers to more than 7 million, eventually building it to the network’s No. 1 global revenue stream.
Before leading CNNj, Kathryn held several senior roles at the network, serving as a senior member of Turner International’s business development team, CNN’s marketing team and Turner International’s negotiations team. Prior to becoming director, she was an international assignment editor for CNN and a producer with TV Asahi, one of Japan’s leading television networks.
As a producer, editor and director, Kathryn has managed global newsgathering efforts during some of the world’s most historic moments. She served as a member of the White House press pool for the 2000 presidential elections, became TV Asahi’s Acting Bureau Chief during the September 11 attacks, and received a Peabody Award for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While at CNN, she has operated in several international roles, from working with newsbureaus in London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Havana, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and New York, to coordinating negotiations with partners in India and Japan. As a member of Turner Asia’s Business Development team, she executed the expansion of Headline News in Asia, coordi- nated affiliate workshops in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, and developed business and technology models with executives from Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Indian, Australian and Mexican media conglomerates.
Currently Kathryn is an executive consultant working with many known organizations. Additionally she will be teaching Entrepreneurship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism this spring.