LAFAYETTE -- Veteran "Today" show senior broadcast producer and former Lafayette resident Don Nash has been promoted to executive producer of the iconic morning show.
As executive producer, Nash will be responsible for all four hours of "Today" program content and will lead the broadcast's management team and program staff. "Don Nash deserves to be at the helm of 'Today,' said Steve Capus, president of NBC News, in a news release. "He is a beloved member of the Today family who brings vision, commitment and a deep familiarity to all aspects of the broadcast."
A 23-year veteran of "Today," Nash previously served as the show's senior broadcast producer, for the past seven years orchestrating the live broadcast from the control room each morning and playing an integral role in day-to-day programming. e has overseen hundreds of breaking news events including three presidential elections, the capture of Osama Bin Laden, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting.
Nash succeeds former "Today" Executive Producer Jim Bell, who has been appointed executive producer of NBCUniversal's Olympics Coverage.
Nash graduated from Acalanes High School in 1983 and earned a bachelor's degree in communications studies from UCLA. He began his career at NBC in 1989 as a page in Burbank, and soon started work as a production assistant at "Today's" Burbank Bureau. In 1999, he moved to New York to become a senior producer for the show. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Gaylen and two daughters, Cassidy and Alice.
His parents, Drs. Donald and Darlene Nash, still live in Lafayette.
-- Lamorinda Sun