President of Local Media
The E.W. Scripps Company
In addition to the company’s 52 television stations, Lawlor is also responsible for local digital operations, Scripps local programming initiatives and the five Katz multicast networks. Since assuming his current role in 2009, Lawlor has overseen the rapid growth of the broadcasting assets from 10 TV stations in 2009 to Scripps’ current portfolio, which makes Scripps one of the largest independent owner of TV stations in the country.
In 2012 Broadcasting and Cable magazine named him Broadcaster of the Year and one of the 80 Most Influential People in Television. In 2019, Radio and Television Business Report named him one of Broadcast Television’s Best Leaders. He has been the driving force in the successful launch of Scripps national programming which includes “Right This Minute” and “The List.”
Lawlor is currently the chairman of the ABC Board of Governors and a board member of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. He serves on the advisory board of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is the former television board chairman for the National Association of Broadcasters. He also previously served as the president and chairman of the NBC Affiliates Board.
Lawlor holds a bachelor’s degree from King’s College and an MBA from the University of Miami, Florida.