2006 Annual Signature Fundraising Event
A Taste of Napa
Alex Wallau, Honoree | Presenting Chefs | Dinner Commitee | Supporters| In the Press| Photos
2006 Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award Recipient
Alex Wallau began his career with ABC in 1976, when he joined the network's Sports division as head of On-Air Promotion, working with the legendary Roone Arledge, then head of ABC Sports. Mr. Wallau went on to become a two-time Emmy Award-winning producer and director of ABC's sports coverage. In 1986 he moved in front of the cameras as ABC's boxing analyst, and was honored by the Boxing Writers of America as the top television boxing journalist in his first year.
Over the years, as network Vice President (1993-96), Executive Vice President (1996-98), President, Network Operations and Administration (1998-2000) and President, ABC Television Network (2000-2004), Mr. Wallau has witnessed many milestones in ABC's broadcast history. He has contributed to a number of these through his own work, across virtually all divisions of the network, from Primetime Entertainment to News, Sports and Daytime. He has been a strong advocate for ABC's innovative digital ventures -- including broadcasting the Primetime schedule in High Definition Television -- and for its multiple new on-demand digital platforms. He has also been a leader in ABC's efforts to promote diversity across the entire network.
Mr. Wallau serves on the Board of Directors of ESPN and the Advertising Council and is a member of the Los Angeles Board of Governors of the Museum of Television and Radio.
Born in Fort McPherson, Georgia, Mr. Wallau was raised in the Bronx and Connecticut. He earned a B.A. degree from Williams College. He and his wife, Martha, live in Los Angeles.