Albers School of Business and Economics

Mentors

Colleen Brown

President & CEO
Fisher Communications

Company Description

About Fisher Communications Fisher Communications, Inc. is a Seattle-based communications Company that owns and operates 13 full power television stations, 7 low power television stations, and 3 owned radio stations and one managed radio station in the Western United States. The Company also owns and operates Fisher Interactive Network, its online division (including over 120 online sites) and Fisher Pathways, a satellite and fiber transmission provider. For more information about Fisher Communications, Inc., go to www.fsci.com

Job Description

Colleen B. Brown was elected President and CEO of Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCI) in October 2005 and to their Board of Directors in 2006. She is responsible for all aspects of Fisher Communications, including the operation of Fisher’s 20 television stations and three radio stations, and Fisher Interactive Network, which includes 120 hyperlocal sites.

Employment History

Brown began her career in 1980 at Gannett, an international news and information company. She rose through the ranks of KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado to become vice president and station manager. In 1991 she was named president and general manager of Gannett’s WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina. She moved to Phoenix in 1995 as President and General Manager of Gannett’s television operations in Arizona. She also spearheaded strategic planning for Gannett’s Television Group. After Gannett, she served as president of the Lee Broadcast Group, owned by Lee Enterprises, Inc., a multimedia company based in Davenport, Iowa. Brown was then appointed senior vice president at Dallas based Belo Corporation, one of the nation’s largest media companies. While there she was responsible for Belo Interactive, all Spanish-language initiatives, Business Development and their Texas Broadcast and Cable properties.

Education

Brown graduated summa cum laude with a double major in political science and business administration from the University of Dubuque as a Presidential Scholar. She is a national winner of General Motors marketing competition and holds an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Schedule thru assistant - Adam Weiler (aweiler@fsci.com) at Fisher Plaza (work).