Alexandra Wallace was named senior vice president of “NBC News” in December 2008. In what is an expanded version of the role that she held from January 2006 until March 2007, Wallace’s responsibilities include overseeing “Nightly News,” news production and staffing. She assists in the oversight of newsgathering, and serves as Capus’ chief deputy within the news division.
Wallace served as executive producer of "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” from March 2007 until December 2008. Her appointment made Wallace the first woman to lead a weeknight network evening newscast in a decade, joining a small group of women who had served in the top post of a Big Three daily newscast.
While holding the reins at “Nightly,” Wallace reestablished “Nightly News” as the number one evening news broadcast by increasing the show's average ratings by nearly 400K viewers. Wallace brought the show back to dominance in total viewers and the key demographic, she was also instrumental in improving and extending the show’s digital reach by relaunching the show’s website, increasing its online video and adding a digital correspondent to the staff.
Wallace was first named vice president of NBC News in January 2006. In that capacity, she oversaw a number of areas in the News Division, including NBC Special Reports and executive oversight of "NBC Nightly News."
Prior to being named Vice President, NBC News, Wallace served as executive producer of "Weekend Today" and senior producer of "Today" beginning in March 2005. Under her direction, "Weekend Today" provided extensive coverage of major news events including Hurricane Katrina and the death of Pope John Paul II. During her time as executive producer, "Weekend Today" ratings remained dominant and "Saturday Today" was number one across the board.
Wallace came to NBC News from CBS News where she was a senior broadcast producer for CBS' "The Early Show" starting in May 2000. Before that, she was a senior producer for both "The Early Show" and "CBS This Morning." From 1996 to 1998, Wallace was producer for the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather." From 1990 to 1996, Wallace served as an associate producer for "CBS This Morning," "48 Hours" and the CBS foreign desk. She began her network career at the CBS News London bureau.
She has been honored with eleven News and Documentary Emmy awards, a Gracie award, a Peabody Award and a Columbia College’s John Jay in 2008. She is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations.
Wallace graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Columbia University and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.