Executive Vice President | Cox Media Group
Marian Pittman is Executive Vice President at Cox Media Group (CMG), overseeing the company's digital revenue strategy and operations. She is also responsible for driving multi-platform content development and distribution, optimization and engagement – including CMG's OTT platform, which streams local, original content 24/7. Marian also leads innovation, research and technology for the company.
Marian is a proven industry leader and innovator. Her esteemed media career began more than 30 years ago at CMG's WSOC-TV in Charlotte; followed by stints at WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio; WFTV in Orlando; and WSB-TV in Atlanta. As Station Manager for WSB-TV, Marian led the daily news operations and long-term planning for more than 45 hours of news coverage each week. Under her direction and alongside her high-performing team, the company's flagship station strengthened its dominant position in the broadcast industry and continues to be a leader in news. In 2013, Marian joined CMG's leadership team as Vice President of News and Marketing, overseeing the news and strategic marketing vision for the company's award-winning television markets.
Throughout her career, Marian has been honored with multiple individual and station Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Chapter. In 2008, she was awarded Top TV Managers of the Year by Television Week Magazine. Under Marian's leadership, WSB-TV was awarded Best Newscast, Best Staff Coverage and Pacemaker Award from the Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters Association. In 2010, the station was awarded the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont Award for journalistic excellence and the Edward M. Murrow award for overall excellence.
Marian is also heavily engaged in industry organizations, representing Cox on the board of directors for Interactive Advertising Board (IAB) and is certified in Digital Media Sales – a globally recognized, accredited certification created specifically for digital media sales. She is a member of Facebook's Journalism Project, dedicated to cultivating stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry with the goal of creating a healthy news ecosystem. She has also served as executive sponsor of the award-winning Georgia News Lab, a Georgia State University program that gives diverse college students the opportunity to learn investigative news skills by working alongside veteran reporters from WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
An active member of her community, Marian currently serves on the board of directors for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. She is co-chair of Choose ATL, a committee whose mission is to retain and recruit millennial talent to Atlanta. In 2013, she was honored as a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA and in 2018, Marian was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award by East Carolina University.
Marian earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications from East Carolina University and resides in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.
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