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Issue 15
issue pic Sharri Berg
Senior Vice President of News Operations
Fox Television Stations, Inc., Fox News Channel

In October of 2005, Sharri Berg was promoted to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of News Operations for the Fox Television Stations Group, which is comprised of 28 Owned and Operated stations in the U.S. She continues as head of News Operations for Fox News Channel both positions based at News Corporation headquarters in New York.

Sharri originally joined the Fox News Channel in April 1996 as the Manager of Satellite Operations where she created the Satellite Operations department during the launch of FNC. In her managerial role, Sharri developed the Satellite Desk, SNG and Affiliates Live Operations.

After nearly 2 years, Sharri was promoted to the Director of Field Operations in February 1998 where she managed national ENG Crews, Satellite Desk, SNG and Affiliates Live Operations.

A year later in October of 1999, Sharri was moved up to Director of Newsgathering and Operations. While at this position, she played as an integral part in the creation of the Network News Service (NNS) and its operational launch. She interacted on a tactical level with all FNC managers relating to newsroom, operations issues, budgets, and planning for special events and general news coverage. Further, she managed the Assignment Desk and newsroom scheduling and administration. She held this rank until October 2000 when she moved up to Vice President of News Operations. Currently, as SVP, Sharri is responsible for ensuring operational and production synergy between the Fox Television Stations and Fox News Channel. Her most recent project includes the formation of LNS (Local News Service) which are local news video sharing arrangements between local stations across the country. LNS is designed to enable members to share redundant newsgathering resources and expenditures while giving the stations the ability to focus on unilateral, branded content.

Previously held positions within News Corporation were Coordinating Producer for "A Current Affair" from June 1994 to April 1996 and Associate Producer for "The Reporters" from November 1988 to March 1990. Ms. Berg also held positions at Worldwide Television News (WTN) as Director of Special Events & Facilities from September 1992 to June 1994 and Manager of Broadcast Services from April 1990 to September 1992.

Sharri graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1987 with a B.A. in Communications. She was born in Queens and was raised in Rockland County, New York. She lives in New York City and East Hampton with her husband, Barry Levine, and their 4-year old daughter August.

The greatest opportunity in my career was being hired by Roger Ailes for the launch of Fox News Channel. When it was announced in early 1996 that Fox would be starting an all news channel in midtown Manhattan only 9 months later, timing and opportunity helped me reach a pivotal point in my career. Since I was already working for another division of Fox at the time, I was lucky enough to get an interview with Mr. Ailes. He was looking for people with specialized skills and equally important -- a drive to win and a fear of losing. I jumped at the chance to work for Mr. Ailes and to have a role as a launch team member. I was primed and excited for the challenge of forming the Satellite Operations department from the beginning, but did not know the success I would have in the years to come in expanded, new roles and responsibilities. As the network grew, I would be given the opportunity to build remote operations, set up bureau infrastructure, manage field operations, newsroom operations, launch news services and lead and manage dedicated professionals everyday. It has been an incredible ride and I look forward to continuing to grow in our evolving industry in the years to come.


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Issue No. 15:
Women in Space

Spring 2009

General Editor Introduction

From the Guest Editor

Audrey Allison, Dir., Frequency Management Services, Boeing Shared Services Group

Anita Antenucci, Managing Dir. Houlihan Lokey's Aerospace-Defense-Government

Dr. Wanda M. Austin Pres. & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation

Julie Bannerman, Gen.Counsel, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Sharri Berg, Senior V.P., News Operations, Fox News

Leslie Blaker, DataPath, Inc.

Yvonne Brill, Consultant, Satellite Tech. & Space Propulsion Systems

Michelle Bryan, Senior V.P., Human Resources, Intelsat

Dr. Angie Bukley, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering

Catherine Chang, General Counsel & Asst. Company Secretary, AsiaSat

Sabrina Cubbon, Gen. Manager, Marketing, AsiaSat

Yvette Dominguez, Manager, Payload Design Engineering Section, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Chris Ehrenbard, Dir., Broadcast Distribution, CBS

Mary Ann Elliot, Chairman of the Board, Arrowhead Global Solutions, Inc.

Celeste Ford, Founder & CEO, Stellar Solutions, Inc.

Mary Frost, former CEO, GlobeCast America

Eilene Galloway, NASA Pioneer

Carmen González-Sanfeliu, V.P., Latin America & Caribbean, Intelsat

Dawn Harms, V.P., Marketing & Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Ellen Hoff, Pres., W.L. Pritchard & Co., L.C.

Polly Rash Hollis, Satellite Industry Professional

Britt Horncastle, Satellite Consultant

Susan Irwin, Pres., Irwin Communications, Inc.

Barbara Jaffe, Senior V.P., Advanced Technology and Operations, HBO

Christine King, Deputy V.P., Technical Services & Engineering, Lockheed Martin

Betsy Kulick, Newsletter Editor & Corporate Secretary, Mobile Satellite Users Association

Penelope Longbottom, Founder & Pres., Longbottom Communications

Joanne Maguire, Exec. V.P., Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Andrea Maléter, Technical Dir., Futron Corporation

Joan T. Mancuso, Founder & Executive, Broadband International LLC

Dolores Martos, V.P., Sales for Latin America & Caribbean, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Brig. Gen. Susan K. Mashiko, Vice Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, L.A. Air Force Base

Eileen McGowan, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Intelsat

Olwen Morgan, Development Engineer

Bridget Neville, V.P. & Gen. Manager, Satellite Engineering & Operations, Sirius XM Radio

Christine Paape, V.P., Space Explorers, Inc.

Rhonda Parson, Manager, Occasional-Use Sales & Traffic Division, EchoStar Satellite Services

Maj. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Deputy Dir., National Reconnaissance Office

Jane Petro, Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director

Dr. Nongluck Phinainitisart, D.Eng., Pres., Thaicom PLC

Mary Quagliotti, Retired Major General, Army

Radhika Ramachandran, Ph.D., Counsellor (SPACE) & Technical Liaison Officer

Veena Rawat, Pres., Communications Research Centre, Canada

Joslyn Read, V.P., Regulatory Affairs, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Walda Roseman, Founder & CEO, CompassRose International, Inc.

Farah Suhanah Ahmad Sarji, General Counsel, MEASAT

Jacqueline Schenkel, Founder, Schenkel & Associates, LLC

Kay Sears, Pres., Intelsat General

Gwynne Shotwell, Pres., SpaceX

Marcia Smith, Pres., Space Technology Policy Group, LLC

Pascale Sourisse, Gen. Manager, Land & Joint Systems Division, Thales

Andy Steinem, CEO, Dahl-Morrow International

Nicole P. Stott, Astronaut, NASA

Bambi Taskarelli, Voice/Data Engineer, NBCU

Leslie Taylor, Strategic Planning Division Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Synette Tom, Marketing Dir., Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Marjorie Rhodes Townsend, Satellite Communications Consultant

Diane Tryneski, Senior V.P., Broadcast & Studio Operations, HBO

Diane VanBeber, V.P., Investor Relations, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Intelsat

Barbara Warren, Systems Analyst, International Telecommunication Union

Zhang Yan, Gen. Manager, CITICSat and Chief Rep., Asiasat

UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology: Astronomy Blog

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