Senior Vice President, Programming
Hearst Television, Inc.
Emerson Coleman has served as senior vice president, programming, for Hearst Television since 2018. He was previously vice president, programming since 1999. Among the industry's most highly regarded programming executives, Coleman oversees the company's program development and acquisitions.
Previously, Coleman was vice president and director of broadcast operations at Hearst’s WBAL-TV, Baltimore, where he developed the highly honored nationally syndicated public affairs series The Remarkable Journey. He also worked at WBZ-TV, Boston and WJZ-TV, Baltimore, where he was executive producer of local programming. Coleman has been honored with national and regional awards from organizations including the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Association of Television Program Executives, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Black Journalists. He created and serves as executive-in-charge of production of the weekly national political talk show Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien.
Among a number of board responsibilities, Coleman serves on the Advisory Board of the Peabody Awards, the Executive Committee of the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE), and the Advisory Board of the University of University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania.