Scott Matthews jumps from CNN to CNBC

By Chris Ariens Comment

Nik Deogun, who took over as CNBC SVP on the departure of Jeremy Pink earlier this month, has announced his new senior leadership team. Among them, Scott Matthews who is leaving his post at CNN Atlanta and joining CNBC as Vice President of News Specials. Matthews will oversee special programming for Business Day and manage the new investigative unit, newsroom documentaries and live specials

Matthews joined CNN in January 2008 as director of programming. Since 2009 he’s overseen CNN Productions and the investigations unit.

Other moves: Nick Dunn is upped to Managing Editor, Lacy O’Toole is named Director of News Coverage and Tyler Mathisen becomes Standards Editor.

Full memo after the jump…

In the past few weeks, I’ve outlined a strategy that involves providing CNBC viewers with more essential content coupled with higher quality production to ensure we are capitalizing on our strengths. Having the right organization is critical to delivering news that enlightens, informs and entertains. To that end, I’m pleased to announce a leadership team for Business News that allows us to deliver on our strategy.

Scott Matthews is joining us as Vice President of News Specials. Scott will direct special programming for Business Day, overseeing enterprising segments and other programming that makes our programs stand apart. He will also manage our new investigative unit, newsroom documentaries and live specials.

Scott joins us from CNN, where he was Director of Programming for CNN Productions. At CNN, Scott oversaw the award-winning documentary series CNN Presents and the ground breaking CNN Special Investigations Unit. He joined CNN in February 2008 after serving as Vice President and News Director for WNYW-TV and WWOR-TV in New York City. He held similar roles in Philadelphia and Boston. Scott has received numerous Emmy awards for investigative production, editing and photography as well as for his work as a News Director.

Nick Dunn, who has successfully and skillfully worn many hats in his nearly 15 years at CNBC, most recently as Deputy Managing Editor, is being promoted to Managing Editor. In this role, Nick will direct the news of the day, making sure the network is well positioned to break news and be ahead of the pack on all stories. He will manage the news desk operations, including breaking news, assignment editors and desk producers. He will also oversee our on-air editors and markets coverage, working closely with markets editor Patti Domm. Nick will continue to run our booking desk.

Lacy O’Toole, whose skills as Assistant Managing Editor, Bureau Chief and field producer extraordinaire are well known, will take on a new position as Director of News Coverage. She will direct our correspondents, field producers and bureaus, managing their priorities, guiding their storytelling and sharpening their on-air performance. Essential content often begins with deep reporting, and as we have invested in beat reporting, Lacy will be charged with ensuring that our news coverage stands out. She will also oversee the daily planner, supervising our troop movements.

Constantly improving our journalism also means having the highest standards. In addition to his on-air responsibilities, I’ve asked Tyler Mathisen to take on the role of Standards Editor. Tyler will help producers, editors and reporters handle ethical conflicts and will be involved in training our employees in our standards and practices. He will also be available to read scripts and respond to editorial queries.
Finally, to ensure that we are properly capitalizing on our programming, Steve Lewis will take on a new role as Executive Producer of Strategic Content and News Partnerships for Business Day. Steve, who as Assistant Managing Editor of Enterprise spearheaded some of our most editorially engaging programming, will oversee Business Day’s sponsored content. He will be Business Day’s liaison with CNBC’s commercial team, ensuring that we are producing high quality and editorially sound branded content. He will also cultivate editorial partnerships to make sure CNBC gains exclusive access to special events, new markets and nontraditional data.

These individuals will report to me, effective immediately, as will the Business Day executive producers. I am confident that this structure, combined with our collective passion and focus, will yield results for CNBC. Please join me in congratulating everyone on their new assignments.