Courteney Monroe
Stewart Volland
United States

National Geographic


President, Content

Monroe grew the Nat Geo brand on TV by blending high-end docu­mentary and natural history fare with lighter entertainment. Under her leadership, Nat Geo-branded documentaries have become regulars in the Oscar and Emmy races. Monroe herself has proved a stalwart at the Washington, D.C.-based content powerhouse amid all the reshuffling of the Disney-21st Century Fox merger in 2019 that brought Nat Geo into the Disney net. She raised the TV division’s profile in Hollywood by recruiting top filmmakers and producers to deliver marquee shows, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer shepherding the anthology series “Genius,” which earned Emmy noms this year for Cynthia Erivo’s work as Aretha Franklin. In November, Nat Geo premiered a second season of its “The Hot Zone” anthology series.


  • 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
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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National Geographic Launches Field Ready Inclusion Program

National Geographic Launches Field Ready Inclusion Program

National Geographic has announced it is launching a program aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion behind the camera.The Field Ready Program is described as a two-phased training program that trains entry-level participants to become production assistants. Partnering with National Geographic Society, Nat Geo will choose 10 individuals per year to complete online training followed by a one-week, intensive production boot camp at the company's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The boot camp will be led by Nat Geo's producers, videographers and...


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