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Joe Peyronnin

Joe Peyronnin

Joe Peyronnin is currently a corporate advisor to VFinity, a digital software company based in New York. VFinity focuses on multimedia digital asset and workflow integration for all forms of content.

From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Peyronnin served as executive vice president of news and information programming of Telemundo Network. He created the network's news division and several news programs including the critically acclaimed news magazines Sin Fronteras and Al Rojo Vivo. He also launched the network's first weekend nightly newscasts.

Mr. Peyronnin received his BA from Columbia College and in 1970 he began his career at WBBM-TV in Chicago as a copy boy for 6 months until he was promoted to assignment editor for WBBM-TV. He later became the producer of that station's 6 pm newscast. In 1976 he moved to the CBS News Chicago bureau as an associate producer. During that time, he received his MBA from Roosevelt University. He later relocated to Washington as an associate producer for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. While in Washington he served as White House producer and extensively traveled overseas including Russia, China, Lebanon, Israel, Libya and South America. In 1987 he was appointed vice president and Washington bureau chief for CBS News.

In 1989 he was named vice president and assistant to the president at CBS News in New York. As the division's number two executive he oversaw all CBS News programs, including 60 Minutes48 HoursThe CBS Evening NewsCBS This Morning and Sunday Morning. He later created CBS News Productions.

In 1995 he was named President of Fox News, where he created the core of today's Fox News Channel, and Fox News Sunday. He began working for Telemundo in 1998, and NBC bought Telemundo in 2003.

Additional highlights in Peyronnin's career include receiving an Emmy Award for breaking news coverage in Chicago, a special Emmy Award for coverage of the World Trade Center terrorist attack in 2001, a George Polk Award for CBS News reporting on the Tianamen Square uprising in Bejing, China, and being honored by the Mental Health Association of New York City.

He currently serves as Vice President of the Board for the Mental Health Association of New York City, and is the former director of New York's Gracie Square Hospital. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Journalism Advisory Board for Queens College, and the Emil Verban Society.

Peyronnin currently lives and works in New York with his wife, Susan Zirinsky, and daughter, Zoe. Mr. Peyronnin joined the Columbia College Chicago Board of Trustees in 2005.