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Appointment of Dawn L. McCall as Coordinator of the International Information Programs Bureau

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 27, 2010


The State Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Dawn L. McCall as Coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) at the Department of State.

“Dawn McCall is an outstanding leader in international communications,” stated Judith A. McHale, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. “She will provide the IIP Bureau with vision and expertise to strengthen their important global communication and engagement activities.”

McCall founded International Media & Entertainment Partners, LLC in 2009. From 1999 to 2007 McCall was President of Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications. During her tenure as President, as the senior executive in charge of Discovery’s international business, McCall managed a staff of 1,000 professionals worldwide and expanded Discovery Networks International from a single channel operating in a handful of western European countries to a portfolio of 19 television networks and new media products, offered in 170 countries in 35 languages.

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 communications when she was named Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Latin America in 1994. 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.

McCall has also worked in the public sector, serving as Assistant Administrator, Public Communications for the Small Business Administration during the Carter Administration.

McCall is a former board member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and winner of numerous professional awards. She holds a B.A. degree in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations from the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia.

PRN: 2010/1016

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