Courteney Monroe
Stewart Volland
United States

National Geographic


President, Content

Presiding over its autonomously-run global TV networks, Monroe works to expand Disney-owned NatGeo’s premium science and exploration content, notable for its first Oscar win — documentary film “Free Solo” — and a nomination for doc “The Cave,” on top of earning nine 2020 Emmy noms. She oversaw the debut of NatGeo originals on Disney Plus, bringing signature nature docs to the brand, as well as upcoming scripted series including Mercury 7 drama “The Right Stuff” from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way. Monroe aggressively shepherds NatGeo through high-profile originals, acquiring “City So Real,” a docuseries on Chicago’s 2019 mayoral race, and airing director Ron Howard’s “Rebuilding Paradise.”


  • HBO
  • National Geographic
  • American Express


  • Williams College (MA, USA)
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Martin Luther King Jr. Will Be Subject of National Geographic's 'Genius' Season 4

Martin Luther King Jr. Will Be Subject of National Geographic's 'Genius' Season 4

Martin Luther King Jr. will be profiled in the upcoming fourth season of National Geographic's "Genius."National Geographic exec Courteney Monroe announced the programming move Thursday during the Walt Disney Company's investor relations day presentation. Monroe also revealed that, beginning with Season 4, "Genius" would be available exclusively on Disney Plus. Seasons 1 and 2 premiered on the National Geographic cable channel and are currently available to stream on Disney Plus. Season 3 is also set to debut on the National...


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