Elizabeth Wilner is Senior Vice President of Kantar Media Ad Intelligence with oversight of its Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), Contributing Editor of The Cook Political Report, and former Political Director of NBC News. At CMAG, the nonpartisan authority on political and advocacy advertising, Wilner manages political clients such as presidential campaigns, party committees and super PACs, and also oversees the firm's portfolio of news media clients, which in 2012 included ABC News, Bloomberg News, CBS News, CNN, NPR and The New York Times. She also wrote a 2012 column on presidential campaign advertising for Advertising Age.
Earlier in her career, Wilner held one of the most senior management positions in political journalism as the first Political Director of NBC News from 2003 to 2007. Reporting directly to Tim Russert and the President of NBC News, Wilner established the network's Political Unit, founded its popular politics blog First Read, and managed its partnership in the highly respected NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. She also organized NBC's presidential primary debates and supervised the reporting of MSNBC's 2004 campaign embed team.
Prior to arriving at NBC, as deputy political director of ABC News, she co-founded the trend-setting political digest The Note. Her first role in political journalism was as Senate and governor editor, then House and managing editor of The Cook Political Report, to which she recently returned as contributing editor.
While at CMAG, Wilner continues to consult on network presidential debates and for the NBC News Decision Desk. She is a co-author of Campaign Manager, a forthcoming (2014) Pearson-published textbook on campaign management. Her columns and op-eds on politics and the media have appeared in The Washington Post, Politico, Columbia Journalism Review and Harvard University's Nieman Reports. She holds a master's in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University and lives in New York.
Updated February 2013