Kenneth J. Strickland (1989)
Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief
Ken Strickland was appointed NBC News Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief in October 2012. His responsibilities include oversight of all bureau management, editorial affairs, administration, and working closely with NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd and NBC executives.
Previously, Strickland served as Deputy Washington Bureau Chief. In that capacity, he managed the day-to-day operation of the bureau and oversaw all aspects of NBC News' coverage, to include collaborating with regional news directors, MSNBC, CNBC, WRC-TV, NewsChannel, and msnbc.com.
As NBC News' Senate Producer from 2003-2011, Strickland reported and frequently appeared on-air for MSNBC reports on every major story that came through the United States Senate, including four Supreme Court confirmation battles, the bank bailouts, and health care reform. In 2008, he won an Emmy for breaking news coverage on the collapse of the bank bailout talks in Congress.
Strickland joined NBC in April 1995 as an Associate Producer for "Dateline NBC." Quickly rising through the ranks, he was named White House Producer in June 1997, a position he held for six years and spanned the last three years of the Clinton administration and the first three years of the Bush administration. During this time, he produced coverage of President George W. Bush's trip to Ground Zero in New York City in the days following the 9/11 attack.
Before joining NBC News, Strickland worked for WKRN-TV in Nashville, WVTM-TV in Birmingham, and CNN in Atlanta. He received several distinguished honors throughout this time, including a Peabody Award, two regional Emmys, and an award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Strickland received his Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University. He resides in Maryland with his wife and two children.