Marian Pittman is Cox Media Group’s (CMG) Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy and Research. In this role, Marian oversees CMG’s digital strategy, content and sales efforts for all of CMG’s newspapers, radio and TV platforms. Marian also is responsible for CMG’s Digital Content Desk, as well as CMG’s Research division. Previously, she oversaw all content and marketing strategic decision making for CMG’s television markets as VP of News and Marketing.
Marian’s esteemed media career includes being station manager for CMG’s flagship WSB-TV, the leading local channel for television news serving the 55 counties in the Atlanta TV market. She oversaw news, programming, public affairs, and engineering. Additionally during her WSB-TV career, she served as news director and oversaw the daily news operations and long-term planning for over 45 hours of news coverage each week. Under her leadership since July 2006, the station strengthened its dominant position as the news leader in North Georgia.
Marian’s other career highlights include serving as the assistant news director at CMG’s WFTV in Orlando. There, she played a significant role in WFTV’s award winning coverage of Hurricanes Charlie, Frances, and Jeanne. From 2000 through 2003, she was senior executive producer of news at WSB-TV and was chosen and participated in the Cox Executive Leadership Program. She started on the floor crew at CMG’s WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC, followed by stints at WHIO-TV in Dayton, OH, WSB-TV in Atlanta, and WFTV in Orlando before returning to WSB-TV in July 2006.
Throughout her career, Marian has been honored with multiple individual and station Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Chapter. In 2010 the station was awarded the prestigious Alfred I. duPont Award for journalistic excellence, the Edward R. Murrow award for overall excellence, as well as Best Newscast by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. In 2008, Pittman was awarded Top 10 TV Managers of the Year by Television Week Magazine. In 2007 and 2008 under Marian’s leadership, WSB-TV was awarded Best Newscast, Best Staff Coverage and Pacemaker Award from the Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters Association numerous times.
She also serves on the COX Fellowship Advisory Board to Emory and The Fernbank Museum of Natural History Corporate Council. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the ABC Affiliate Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless and has been a member of the Radio Television News Directors Association since 2003.
Marian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from East Carolina University and currently resides in Atlanta, Ga. with her husband and daughter.