Peter McGowan

WCBS-TV/WLNY-TV, Director, News Operations and New Technology

Peter McGowan serves as director of news operations and new technology at WCBS-TV and WLNY-TV, a position to which he was recently promoted. Previously, McGowan served as the news operations manager when he joined the television station in 2004. In addition to his daily responsibilities in the news and operations departments, McGowan oversees the station’s popular Drone Force 2 and Mobile2 initiative.

McGowan’s expertise aided WCBS-TV and the CBS Stations Group in becoming among the first to successfully launch drone programs allowing for viewers to see drone shots in day-to-day news coverage, dramatically enhancing the viewer experience.

Most recently, McGowan was recognized by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in its pilot series as an innovator in his field by making drones part of the daily process for electronic news gathering. During the 2018 NAB convention in Las Vegas, McGowan was a featured speaker advocating for drone usage in news coverage to members of the U.S. congress that attended the annual conference.

In 2010, McGowan was credited with being among the first to effectively utilize bonded cellular technology (which was still 3G at the time) in Mobile2 allowing the vehicle to simultaneously broadcast HD images while in motion. McGowan routinely heads up the stations major field operations, especially and including major planned and breaking news events.

Prior to joining CBS 2, McGowan spent eight years at WNBC-TV New York, where he served as the station’s assignment editor prior to being named assignment manager. McGowan oversaw WNBC’s news desk during 9/11, among other major New York City news events of that time period.

Previously, McGowan worked as an assignment editor in Washington D.C. at Fox News Channel, which he joined in 1995, prior to the channel’s on-air launch in 1996. McGowan began his broadcast career as an intern and production assistant with WCBS Newsradio 880, CBS Network radio, and the CBS Network morning show. He also worked as a desk assistant with WPIX news department and served as an assignment manager.

McGowan is the recipient of four Emmys, including wins in the Breaking News category. He is a graduate of Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. A Bronx native, McGowan currently resides in Rockville Centre with his wife and two children.

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