Margaret Kim ’91 has recently served as Director, Historical Programming for The History Channel and as Executive Producer for many of the network’s series and specials.
Since joining the Programming Department in 2000, Ms. Kim has played a key role in the development and supervision of a number of The History Channel’s series and specials, and has been instrumental in the strategic positioning and programming of the network. She is the creator and executive producer of the network’s hit series Digging for the Truth. Her other successful series include: Decoding the Past, UFO Files, Decisive Battles, and History Now.
Ms. Kim’s work has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards. Most recently, she received the 2004 Peabody Award for Rwanda: Do Scars Ever Fade?, which also garnered two Emmy nominations, and won the 2005 IDA Award, the United Nations Dept. of Information’s Bronze Award for excellence, and the Cine Golden Eagle Award among others. Her program Beyond the Da Vinci Code not only received two Prime Time Emmy nominations, but was one of the network’s highest rated programs of 2005. In 2004, she was honored with a News & Documentary Emmy Award for LBJ vs. The Kennedys: Chasing Demons, and an IDA award for Inside Pol Pot’s Secret Prison, which also received two Emmy nominations in 2003.
In 2005, she was named to CableFAX 100’s Also Influential list (‘Nobody embodies the youth movement at The History Channel more than Kim…’), and Cablevision Magazine (2001) called her a ‘Woman to Watch.’ Ms. Kim is an active member of the Diversity Business Council for AETN; The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; and NAMIC.
Prior to joining The History Channel, Ms. Kim served as Producer for MSNBC’s one-hour biography series, Headliners & Legends with Matt Lauer. Ms. Kim also wrote and produced various documentaries and series with CBS News Productions and ABC News Productions for The History Channel and A&E; Court TV; CBS Eye on People; ABC Sports; and covered the 1996 U.S. National Gymnastics competition and Olympic trials with NBC Sports. She began her career at ABC News, working on the news desk and the various broadcasts, including World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline and Primetime Live.
Ms. Kim earned a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in Soviet and East European Studies from Williams. She also worked in Poland as a staff editor for the English language edition of the Polish Solidarity newspaper, Gazeta International, and was a Center for Foreign Journalists Arthur F. Burns Fellow, working in for ZDF in Germany. She has a working knowledge of Korean, Spanish, Polish, Russian and German.