Nat Geo’s Courteney Monroe honored with UJA’s Broadcast, Cable & Film Award for professional and philanthropic achievements


Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks, was honored with the Broadcast, Cable & Film Award by the UJA-Federation of New York Monday evening for her professional and philanthropic achievements. The Broadcast, Cable & Film Award Celebration, hosted in New York, also celebrated the philanthropic organization’s 100 years of serving the needs of New Yorkers and Jews around the world through collective action and building innovative initiatives. The event raised more than $250,000 for the UJA.

National Geographic’s Jason Silva hosted the celebration, and Courteney was introduced by Alison Moore, Chief Revenue Officer of SoundCloud; and her father, Jay Freedman. In her remarks, Courteney commended the UJA for providing critical funds in support of programs that help millions of people in need. “As we mark its centennial of service, it is truly inspiring to see an organization with such a deep, abiding commitment to, as they say in Hebrew, tikkun olam – repairing the world.”

Reflecting on her path to National Geographic, Courteney acknowledged the support of Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group; and David Hill, a former senior FOX executive, who attended the celebration. She called the opportunity to lead National Geographic Networks “the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to reimagine a beloved brand and the resources to elevate it to its rightful, premium place: a brand with a true sense of mission and purpose.”

Courteney highlighted National Geographic’s nearly 130-year history of supporting and funding individuals committed to making a difference, underscored by 27 percent of National Geographic’s television networks profits going back to the National Geographic Society for that very purpose.

“At National Geographic Channels, we also believe passionately in the power of storytelling to change the world, and to receive this honor tells me our team is doing something right,” Courteney said, mentioning “Before the Flood,” “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” and “Genius” as examples.

“It is a privilege to work at National Geographic – an organization dedicated to leveraging our global reach along with the power of our brand, to have an impact and be a force for good,” Courteney said. “And it is a privilege to work with the amazing team at National Geographic Partners led by [CEO] Declan Moore – a team that inspires me, challenges me and makes me look good every day. National Geographic is a place that has not only allowed me to grow as a leader, but also to lead with my heart and my values at the forefront.”