- Chairman of the Council, Former Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Local Digital Media
Adam Wiener ’87 has spent more than 30 years at the forefront of media evolution. Most recently, he led all aspects of digital for the owned and operated CBS Television Stations. Until 2021 Adam conceived and led the roll-out of CBSN Local: 24/7 news streams powered by the CBS Television Stations’ newsrooms, available for free on connected television, desktop and mobile devices via the CBS News app, Local station websites, Pluto TV and the all-new Paramount Plus streaming service.
He began his career at CBS News where highlights include manning the Foreign Desk as the Cold War ended, covering Governor Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Adam served as Senior Producer of “Up To The Minute,” the first news broadcast of any network with a dedicated website. Adam was tapped to help launch CBSNews.com, combining a lifelong love of computers with traditional media expertise and became, at the time, the youngest Executive Producer in CBS News history.
He has held senior digital business and operational management roles at web start-ups and traditional media companies, such as NBCUniversal, IAC and Dow Jones. He returned to CBS in 2010 to launch CBS Local Digital Media, of which he was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager in 2016. Adam sits on the Digital Officers Committee of the National Association of Broadcasters and is an Affiliate Board Member of Digital Content Next.
A seasoned media executive with an eye towards revenue and audience growth, Adam has excelled in large media companies, where inter-divisional/departmental considerations are mandatory, as well as emerging, product-focused start-ups, where board and investor collaboration is critical. Through his strong interpersonal, change management and leadership skills, Adam has created and maintained a large network of talented colleagues and former employees.
Adam received a BA in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island, where he serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Harrington School of Communication and Media. He was inducted into the URI Hall of Fame in 2016.