NBC News Correspondent
In a career spanning 40 years, Jim Maceda has covered more than 100 countries, including conflicts, terrorist attacks and natural disasters, as well as cultural and human interest stories. He has interviewed more than a dozen world leaders. Over the years, Maceda has reported from front lines as diverse as Rhodesia, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Chechnya, and the former Yugoslavia. He is the veteran of scores of embeds in Afghanistan and Iraq, reporting on US Army, Marines and Special Forces as well as insurgents and civilians torn apart by war. Since 1999, Maceda has been based in London.
Maceda was named NBC News' Germany correspondent in 1994, based in Frankfurt, from where he covered Eastern Europe, the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, and the peacekeeping mission in Haiti. In addition, he covered major breaking news in Iran, Russia, China and the Middle East.
In 1990 Maceda became the NBC News Moscow correspondent, covering an array of stories from the former Soviet Union and Russia, including the attempted coup on then-President Mikhail G. Gorbachev and the fall of the Soviet Union. In February 1992 Maceda became the first foreign correspondent to gain access to a secret nuclear city in Siberia, named K-26, which housed the biggest plutonium weapons factory in the USSR. Maceda also covered the civil war and failed US peacekeeping mission in Somalia.
Maceda was based in Manila from 1988 to 1990 as an NBC News Asia reporter and producer. He covered a wide range of datelines, including the Cambodian War, the Burma Revolt, the Drug War in Colombia and the Panama Invasion. In 1989 he won an Emmy for his reporting on the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing.
From 1984 to 1988, Maceda was a Senior News Producer in London. During that time, he was part of the first U.S. television team to cover the devastating famine in Ethiopia. In 1988 he won an Emmy for his coverage of the Palestinian Intifada, or Uprising, the same year he made his switch to on-air reporting. He also served as the acting bureau chief for NBC News in Manila in 1986, during the People Power Revolt and fall of Ferdinand Marcos, where he met his future wife, Cindy Lilles.
Maceda was deputy bureau chief and producer for NBC News in Tel Aviv from 1981 to 1983 where he covered major events including Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, the Sinai handover to Egypt and the 1982 Lebanon War. While in Beirut, he produced the heralded 17-part ‘Lebanon Diary’ series.
Maceda got his start in journalism as an associate producer for CBS News in Paris, from 1973 to 1976. As a freelance reporter and producer for French TV from 1976 to 1980, he was the first to secure a joint interview for a European TV network with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat after the Camp David Accords. In 1980 he joined NBC News' Paris Bureau as an associate producer and researcher.
Maceda has won numerous awards and citations, including an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the 7/7 London terror bombings, 7 Emmy nominations, 4 Overseas Press Club awards, and 3 National Headliners. In 1991 he received the Olive Branch Award from Columbia University for his stories on Russian nuclear proliferation. Maceda has had the distinction of reporting exclusively for two, long-running news series on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams”: ‘Putin’s Russia (2007-2008) and ‘Far From Home (in Afghanistan)’ (2010-12).
Maceda graduated from Stanford University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He then pursued post-graduate studies at the Paris Sorbonne. He has a daughter from a previous marriage, and is the doting grandpa of three young girls.