There are two distinct phases to the career of Paul McNamara, the newly appointed California bureau chief of CNBC.
After graduating from Boston College in 1994 with a B.A. in English, he worked in advertising as a sales assistant and account executive for four different companies, dealing with clients such as McDonald’s, Sam Adams, and GE. But he then wisely made the decision to return to school, earning his master’s in journalism from Boston University in 2000-01.
From that point on, it was a different story. He line produced top-rated The Fox Report with Shephard Smith before moving over to the TV Guide Network, where he was a supervising producer of Watch This with John Henson and executive producer of entertainment news magazine Hollywood 411. Now, after just under a year away from the trenches, he’s back in the cable saddle. Per the memo circulated by CNBC business news managing editor Nik Deogun:
Paul will manage CNBC’s Los Angeles and San Jose bureaus, including breaking news and enterprise stories. In addition, he will oversee the day-to-day technical operations and help coordinate our events coverage on the west coast… Paul will be based in Los Angeles but will have soon memorized the flight schedules to San Jose.