Laureen Ong is Chief Operating Officer of STAR, a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation and Asia’s leading media and entertainment company, serving more than 300 million viewers across 53 Asian countries with over 60 television services in ten languages.
Before joining STAR in May 2007, Laureen was the founding President of National Geographic Channel (NGC). She architected the 2001 launch of NGC, which became the fastest-growing network in the cable television history of the U.S. Before NGC, Laureen served for two years as Vice President and General Manager of WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. during which she was the first Asian-American woman to lead a top 10 market affiliate. She also helped launch SportsVision in Chicago, one of the first regional sports networks in the U.S., where she served for seven years eventually progressing to Executive Producer and Vice President Broadcasting of Chicago White Sox, the World Series-winning baseball team in which she holds an ownership stake.
Laureen has an M.A. in Communications from Columbia University and a B.A. in Education from Montclair College, during which she also studied in England and Taiwan.