Deborah Curtis ’90, Chris Licht ’93 join Newhouse Advisory Board

By Wendy S. Loughlin

April 5, 2017

Two prominent Newhouse School alumni have joined the Newhouse Advisory Board. 

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Deborah B. Curtis ’90 is an accomplished brand management and marketing professional with more than 20 years of experience in marketing for some of the world’s most respected brands. As vice president, global sponsorships and experiential marketing at American Express, she leads the company’s strategic marketing alliances, engagement platforms and experiential events in the areas of sports, fashion, film, music and theater. She is responsible for the leadership of partnerships with AEG, Live Nation Entertainment, United States Tennis Association and the National Basketball Association, among others.

As a result of her influential music programs, including American Express Unstaged, Curtis was twice named to Billboard’s Women in Music list, which highlights the 50 most powerful executives in the industry.

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Chris Licht ’93 is executive producer and showrunner for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and executive vice president of special programming at CBS Corporation.

He joined “The Late Show” after five years at CBS News, most recently as vice president of programming and executive producer of “CBS This Morning.” Under his guidance, the show became the network’s most successful morning newscast in more than two decades and earned a Peabody Award, two News and Documentary Emmy Awards and a Daytime Emmy. In addition, the show and Licht were honored with an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Licht joined CBS News from MSNBC, where he was the co-creator and original executive producer of “Morning Joe.” Before that, he partnered with Joe Scarborough on “Scarborough Country” as senior producer, and later became executive producer. He began his career at NBC stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Newhouse Advisory Board supports the dean, faculty and staff in their efforts to make the Newhouse School the country’s leading institution for education and research in communications. For more information, see

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