Fabian Westerwelle

ABC News, Executive Director, Media and Technology

Fabian Westerwelle was named executive director of media and technology at ABC News in February, 2018. He reports to Brian Kennedy, VP of global newsgathering operations and planning at ABC News.

In his current role, Westerwelle oversees all transmission and live streaming operations for the news network, as well as a team focused on workflow and technology driving newsgathering and production operations. Additionally, he has led or helped coordinate field operations for numerous significant news stories over the years, including the 2016 Summer Olympics, 2016 and 2012 RNC Conventions, 2013 Presidential Inauguration, 2011 earthquake in Japan, Boston bombings, and many more.

Over his twelve years working in TV news operations, Westerwelle has focused on making production workflows more efficient and implementing big-picture operational improvements. His goal is to simplify production so that producers can put all their concentration into creating the most engaging content. Recently, Westerwelle co-led an effort to build the unified Media Technology Center at ABC News, bringing together media acquisition, ingest, live streaming, editing, distribution, and live master control operations/production into one facility. In addition to working on a team that has built a new newsroom collaboration tool with the goal of transforming how ABC News communicates, he is leading the development of software projects to modernize and integrate production workflows.

As part of the founding team of the Logistics Desk, Westerwelle implemented a new crew request and tracking system. Further, he spearheaded the transformation of the Washington, D.C. Bureau's Logistics Desk from three separate departments into one unified operation. He moved the D.C. Assignment Desk to a server-based newsroom system, streamlined the operational workflows in the News Acquisition Center, and helped champion the use of IP transmission solutions on a large scale.

Westerwelle joined ABC News full-time in 2008 as part of the Logistics Desk, before moving to Washington, D.C. There, he served as the manager of logistics at the ABC News bureau from 2010 – 2014. From 2014 – 2016, he was the senior manager of the ABC News Acquisition Center (NAC) in NY, and the director of news acquisition from 2016-2018. Westerwelle started his television career as a freelance news assistant at CNN and an operations freelancer at ABC News. He received his bachelor's degree in television, radio, and film, as well his bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship from Syracuse University.

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