Mark Lukasiewicz was named to the dual role of Vice President, NBC News Specials and Digital Media, in June 2009. As head of NBC News Specials, he has broad responsibility for all special news productions on MSNBC and NBC News, including live election coverage, major planned news events and breaking news specials. In the digital arena, he oversees all of NBC News' digital platform programming, supervising the NBC News relationship with its internet joint venture, MSNBC.com, as well as NBC news content on many other digital platforms.
Most recently, Lukasiewicz produced MSNBC's live election night coverage in 2008, Inauguration coverage in 2009, and NBC's live coverage of the funeral of Senator Edward Kennedy. He was also executive producer of NBC News' top-rated two-hour special "Inside the Obama White House" with Brian Williams in June, 2009.
Lukasiewicz joined NBC News as Executive Producer, Special Projects, in October 2000. In 2003, he was given added responsibility as Executive Producer of the NBC News Specials Unit and Executive Producer of Decision 2004 coverage. Since joining NBC News, Lukasiewicz has created dozens of hours of live and taped programming for NBC and its cable partners MSNBC and CNBC, including Presidential debates, elections, inaugurations, and live breaking news coverage. He was executive producer of NBC's critically acclaimed coverage of the war in Iraq, and of the network's Emmy-Award winning coverage of the death and funeral of Ronald Reagan. He was responsible for both Democracy Plaza in 2004 and Humanity Plaza in 2005 - two cross-platform on-air and live events outside NBC News headquarters in Rockefeller Plaza.
In 2006, he was named NBC News Vice President of Digital Media and spearheaded a deep editorial integration between the news division's television and digital properties. Lukasiewicz also negotiated a variety of partnerships between MSNBC.com, NBC News, and sites such as NYT.com, National Journal and MySpace. In 2008, the award-winning MSNBC.com became the nation's most visited news and information website, surpassing CNN.com and Yahoo!News and outpacing the websites of ABC News, CBS News and Fox News combined.
Prior to joining NBC News, Lukasiewicz was an award-winning producer at ABC News, where he served as producer and senior producer of "Prime Time Live," senior producer and domestic editor of "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings," and executive producer of "Good Morning America." Also while at ABC, Lukasiewicz was involved in numerous development projects for broadcast, cable and the internet, involving ABC News, ABCNews.com, the ABC Television Network and the Disney/ABC Cable networks.
Prior to joining ABC News, Lukasiewicz was a senior editor for "The Journal," the flagship current affairs broadcast of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC-TV). He began his career as an economics and business reporter and columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper and its "Report on Business" section.