President/Chief Executive Officer
Adam Symson, 42, is president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company.
He succeeded Rich Boehne upon Rich’s retirement in August 2017. During the transition, Adam was the chief operating officer. He oversaw the company's broadcast TV, radio and digital media divisions.
Prior to the board’s decision to name Adam the next CEO, he was responsible for Scripps digital businesses in more than 25 Scripps local markets and nationally, at Newsy, Midroll and Cracked. Since 2011, Adam has overseen the strategy and execution across product development, content, revenue and marketing for Scripps' portfolio of web, mobile and over-the-top businesses. He was responsible for leading the company’s efforts to develop new businesses in emerging media through investment and acquisition. As the former chief digital officer, Adam also was responsible for the operations within the Scripps Washington D.C. Bureau.
Prior to this post, Adam oversaw the operation, content and revenue for the TV division's interactive businesses. He also spent a year as director of content and marketing for the Scripps interactive media division (which was spun off into Scripps Networks Interactive in 2008). Adam joined the company’s corporate operation in 2003 as the director of investigations and special projects for the TV group. Shortly after, he was named director of news strategy and operations. Adam joined Scripps as executive producer of investigations and special projects for KNXV, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Phoenix.
Earlier in his career, Adam worked as an investigative journalist for CBS stations WBBM in Chicago and KCBS in Los Angeles, at the then Disney-owned independent news operation, KCAL TV, and as an independent producer for CBS News and NBC News. He began his broadcast career at KGIL-AM 1260 in Los Angeles and has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Adam is a mentor, advisor and board member for several accelerators and digital media startups. He serves on the boards of directors for Adath Israel Congregation and the Scripps Howard Foundation.
He and his wife, Sherri, have two daughters.