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Dawn L. McCall became Coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs in July 2010. She is responsible for directing IIP as it advances U.S. foreign policy goals and national interests by creating and delivering communications programs that inform and engage international audiences.
Ms. McCall is a business leader experienced in establishing and operating media businesses in international markets. She founded International Media & Entertainment Partners, LLC, an international media consultancy in 2009.
From 1999 to 2007 Ms. McCall was president, Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications, a global media company best known for its flagship Discovery Channel. During her tenure as president, Ms. McCall managed a staff of 1,000 professionals worldwide and oversaw all aspects of the business including new business development, strategic planning, sales and marketing, program production and operations.
As president of Discovery’s international business, McCall also served on the company’s six-member executive committee responsible for running Discovery Communications. As a senior executive, she sat on a number of boards overseeing joint-venture businesses with large global media organizations including the BBC, Alliance Atlantis, and Liberty Media.
McCall began her career in international business when she was named senior vice president and managing director of Discovery Networks Latin America in 1994. In this position, she established Discovery’s business in Latin America and founded the region’s first trade association representing television network interests with the formation of TAP Latin America, where she also served as the organization’s first president.
Prior to leading Discovery’s push into international markets, McCall held several senior affiliate sales positions for the company from 1987 to 1994. She began her career in the television network business in 1981, working for the Weather Channel in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ms. McCall has also worked in the public sector, serving as Assistant Administrator, Public Communications for the Small Business Administration during the Carter Administration.
An active member of her industry and community, Ms. McCall is a former board member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and winner of numerous professional awards, including being recognized as one of the 20 most influential figures in the international television business by industry trade publication TBI.
Ms. McCall holds a B.A. degree in journalism, advertising and public relations from the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia.