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Bret Marcus

Associate Professor, Artistic Faculty
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Office Location: Marion Knott Studios 344
Education:
Middlebury College, Bachelor of Arts (Latin)

Biography

Bret Marcus is an award- winning broadcast journalist who has worked in network news (ABC & NBC News), cable news (CNBC & MSNBC) and in local news where he ran the news departments for NBC’s flagship station in New York, WNBC-TV and its owned and operated station in Washington DC, WRC-TV.

He has produced, and executive produced national shows for ABC News, including “Good Morning America”, “World News Tonight”, the documentary series “Turning Point” and the overnight newscast, “World News Now”.

At NBC News, he was the executive producer of “The News with Brian Williams”. Marcus was also a senior producer of special events at both networks, where he covered the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 9/11 bombings in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC and the OJ Simpson trial in Los Angeles.

In public broadcasting, Marcus was a senior vice president and Chief Content Officer at KCET-TV in Los Angeles, then the PBS flagship station on the West Coast. He was also executive producer of two nationally recognized news magazines, “California Connected” and “SoCal Connected”.  

His work has been rewarded with some of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting:  two George Foster Peabody Awards, five Columbia DuPont awards, and 25 Emmys, as well as Murrows, Gracies, and Headliners.

Marcus has also won numerous awards in Southern California from the Radio and TV News Association and from the Press Club of Southern California. Los Angeles magazine named SoCal Connected the best new TV show for 2009.

Marcus began teaching news and documentaries as an adjunct at Dodge College in the fall of 2016. The following year, he was named full time Staff Professor of Broadcast Journalism. He’s also in charge of broadcast journalism studies at Dodge.  A New York native, he and his family moved to Los Angeles in 2006.