Two-time Emmy award winning broadcast journalist Fred Francis has over 46 years of experience in the communications industry.
He retired as a senior correspondent after 30 years at NBC News with a longstanding expertise in national and international security. See the Today Show tribute to Fred by clicking the start button below right.
No assignment is too daunting for Francis. As an example of his persistence to succeed, in January 2003, as the US was preparing for war in Iraq, covertly sending CIA teams and Special Forces into that country, NBC News asked Francis to find a way in, too. His team infiltrated into Iraq and set up an operational news team eleven miles from the Iraqi front line two months before other reporters and US Forces arrived. His stellar reputation earned him the Distinguished Service Award from the Military Officers Association of America.Francis, who covered every major war worldwide for the network and who spent eight years as Pentagon correspondent, today lectures on media relations, crisis communications and offers media training for invidivuals and large corporations.
For twelve years, before and after his retirement from NBC News, he has lectured and offered media training to senior US Government executives and top military leaders as part of the National Security Studies program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.
In recent years, serving as a strategic communications consultant to NASA, Francis provided key advice and planning for its top executives leading up to the return of flight of the space shuttle Columbia.
Francis was the principle leader and writer of a team at Louisiana State University, completely re- organizing the school’s communications office.
He continues to be the lead media trainer for one of the largest hotel corporations in the world. In 2011, he circled the globe training plant and business leaders for GE Aviation.
In addition, he has trained leaders of such diverse companies as Cablevision, Michelin and Gulfstream Aerospace. In that past seven years he has individually trained more than one hundred doctors, lawyers and other professionals to appear live as analysts on the various cable news programs.
Not a week goes by that one of his trainees is not on National or local TV news commenting on the business or current events of the day.
Because of his 46 years in journalism and his reputation as a crisis and media expert he is a regular guest on Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz” show and is sought after for his opinions on current events.
About Fred Francis:
“He is, without question, an exemplar in his field. Mr. Francis was always among the highest rated speakers in every program. (In military groups) it was noteworthy that a journalist was so highly rated.
SEAN O’KEEF – FORMER NASA ADMINISTRATOR AND NAVY SECRETARY
“Feedback from Fred’s talks is by far the best we have ever received.”
DR. IRWIN REDLENER, ASSOCIATE DEAN, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
“Mr. Francis was much more than a raconteur with entertaining anecdotes to share. His presentation offered years of experience and wisdom. The Council on Foreign Relations was honored by his presence.”
DAVID PHILLIPS, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS