Deirdre Hughes

Freelance Television Producer & Writer

Location:New York, New York, United States
2 Skills
Producer with 15 years experience writing, editing, executive producing live and taped programming for news, corporate events, in-house public and media relations.


Independent Producer & Media Relations Consultant
Aug. 2012-Present
*Producer with 15 years of experience, including five years at the Executive Producer or Senior Producer level
*Skills include writing, copy-editing and producing for news and corporate projects
*Experience managing teams of producers, writers and editors on multiple projects and under tight deadlines
*Experience working closely with clients at the senior executive level of a top Fortune 500 technology company
*Producing programs streamed live to tens of thousands of viewers at public events
*Public relations professional with experience in internal and external communications and multi-media campaigns
*PR Skills include: media training and interview preparation for chief executives of publically-traded companies
*Experience launching multiple new products, achieving record web traffic and extensive national media coverage

Executive Producer, Fox Business Network “Lou Dobbs Tonight”
Feb. 2011-Aug. 2012
*Showrunner for network’s highest-rated program
*Produced live, nightly program on business, the economy and politics
*Created, developed and launched new program in four weeks
*More than doubled previous time slot ratings and grew key audience 159% in first year
*Beat chief competition in households, 25-54 demographic & viewers within first year, despite 40% less distribution

Senior Producer-Freelance, CNN “In the Arena” and “Parker/Spitzer”
Oct. 2010-Feb. 2011
*Researched, wrote and produced for hosts, Former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer
and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker

Senior Producer, “CNN Tonight”
Nov. 2009-Jan. 2010
*Produced live nightly news hour, breaking news; managed staff of show-based reporters, producers, writers
*Coordinated daily assignments with network beat reporters stationed around the world

Senior Producer, CNN “Lou Dobbs Tonight” and “Lou Dobbs This Week”
Nov. 2007-Nov. 2009
*Produced live Emmy Award-winning nightly broadcast of geopolitical news
*Managed staff of show-based reporters, producers and writers; coordinated editorial direction; copy-edited scripts

Producer, CNN “American Morning”
Aug. 2006-June 2007
*Produced live three-hour daily morning news program, breaking news
*Managed team of writers, segment producers, editors and productions assistants on a staff of 70 people
*Managed newsgathering and story coverage; copy-edited all show scripts

Producer, CNN “Lou Dobbs Tonight”
Jan. 2003-Aug. 2006
*Built show rundown, assigned writers & production team to daily stories; wrote and copy-edited scripts
*Produced, wrote and edited anchor pieces; developed weekly feature series, stories, guest segments
*Wrote anchor copy for on-air promotions; wrote and produced internet marketing content

Producer, Various CNN Programs
May 1999-Jan. 2003
*Responsibilities included: copy-editing, field producing, package producing, line producing, writing, guest booking

Northwestern University, 1999 Evanston, IL
*Bachelor of Science: Major in Radio, Television & Film
*Graduate Courses: Advanced Post-Production, Photography, Film Production
Université de Bourgogne, 1995 Dijon, FRANCE
The Hotchkiss School, 1995 Lakeville, CT
*Board of Governors, The Hotchkiss School Alumni Association, 2003-2007
*Lead Class Agent, The Hotchkiss Fund, 1995-Present

Final Cut, Word, Excel, Quicken, iNews
Skills (2) Rating
Television Production