Pat Mitchell Paley Center for Media / WMC Board Chair Emerita
Pat Mitchell is president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, with headquarters in New York and Los Angeles. She received her BA and a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Georgia, where she also served on the faculty for five years doing postgraduate work and teaching. Mitchell left academia in 1970 to pursue a career in journalism with a position at Look Magazine, a newsweekly. When Look ceased publication later that year, Mitchell pursued an opportunity to write and produce for NBC, becoming one of the first women to be hired by the networks for broad reporting and producing duties. During the next twenty years she worked as a broadcast journalist and producer, reporter, and news anchor with prominent positions at NBC, CBS, and ABC. In 1980, she founded her own independent production company, producing documentaries, series, and specials focused on the issues of women and children, culminating in the national series, Woman to Woman, for which Mitchell received an Emmy, and was the first woman to host, produce, and own her own television program. Lured by the opportunity to work with media entrepreneur Ted Turner, she moved to Atlanta in 1992, becoming the head of Turner Original Productions and after the merger of Turner Broadcasting Company with Time Warner, she became the president of Time Inc. Television and CNN Productions. Programs produced under her direction were awarded forty-four Emmys for journalistic excellence, five Peabody Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. She and her husband, Scott Seydel, have six children and eight grandchildren and reside in New York and Atlanta, Georgia.