Steven Swartz
United States



President / CEO

Swartz has emerged as a key player at a time of media consolidation, given Hearst’s holdings in prime cable-TV real estate — A+E Networks Group and ESPN, co-owned with Disney —and TV and radio stations serving more than 21 million households. Since becoming CEO in 2013, he has diversified Hearst with investments in digital media (BuzzFeed, Vice) and medical information services. He’s also chairman of Associated Press’ board. Swartz began at Hearst in 1991 as founding editor of Smart-Money magazine, owned by Hearst and the Wall Street Journal. He became president of Hearst Newspapers in 2009 and was promoted to CEO of the corporate parent in 2013. In January 2018, he sent a company-wide memo praising the company for record profits seven years running.


  • Hearst
  • SmartMoney


  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Hearst CEO Talks ESPN, Vice Media and 'Stellar' Mark Burnett-MGM Sale

Hearst CEO Talks ESPN, Vice Media and 'Stellar' Mark Burnett-MGM Sale

Being in business with Mark Burnett for nearly five years was a lucrative move for Hearst.The privately held media conglom saw “stellar” returns from its investment in Burnett’s One Three Media, Hearst president-CEO Steven Swartz wrote in his annual “state of Hearst” letter to employees, to be released on Monday.The sale of the Hearst-Burnett joint venture to MGM last month was one element that helped Hearst reach record revenue and profits for the fifth consecutive year, Swartz wrote.Hearst is privately...


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