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Craig Nathan Swagler was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of CBS News Radio in 2019. He was appointed Vice President in 2017, and previously served as Executive Producer of CBS News Radio Special Events since December 2005.
Swagler’s executive produced the cover of “2009 Obama Inauguration,” CBS News Radio’s special coverage of the events surrounding the inauguration of newly elected President Barack Obama. Coverage included the road to the White House, to and including Obama’s swearing-in ceremony at the United States Capitol. Swagler was also the executive producer for CBS News Radio’s coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions. In March 2008, Swagler was the overseas pool producer for the President’s trip to Ukraine, Romania and Croatia. In the summer of 2007, he did the pool coverage of the President’s trip to Germany for the G8 summit.
In 2006, Swagler received an RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for continued coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He was on the ground in New Orleans with correspondent Cami McCormick as the hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast. Swagler also covered President Bush’s trip to Vienna and Budapest in June 2006 and produced CBS News Radio’s coverage of the Michael Jackson trial in 2005. In 2004, Swagler was the US pool producer for President Bush’s trip. in Chile and Colombia for the APEC summit. For the past six years, he has executive produced CBS News Radio’s coverage of the Grammy Awards and Oscars in Los Angeles.
Prior to CBS News Radio Special Events, he was Production Coordinator and Producer for CBS News Radio (2001-2006), managing remote operations and logistics for CBS News Radio. In 2004, he managed CBS News Radio’s coverage of the 2004 election. He was responsible for coordinating candidate coverage, logistics and remote events for all CBS News Radio broadcasts, including the presidential election. In 2003, he received an American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Award for producing the show “Giles & Moriarty”. Swagler first arrived at CBS News Radio in August 2001 as an office assistant, where many young journalists are starting out.
In early 2001, Swagler worked on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” as a production assistant, where he was on the editing team for SNL. In 2000-2001, Swagler worked for ABC Sports’ “Monday Night Football” as a production assistant traveling the East Coast and helping set up remote controls live.
Swagler attended Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa., Majoring in Mass Communication / Journalism. He lives in New York.