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    Issue 40 Next Gen Jonathan Greenberger- P 2013
    Dorothy Hong
    Jonathan Greenberger
    ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," executive broadcast producer

    Greenberger is the youngest executive producer ever of ABC News' Sunday public-affairs program.

    For his third stint at ABC News -- he started as Stephanopoulos' assistant during the latter's first stint on This Week -- he was lured away from a law career by Stephanopoulos, who urged him to return to the program after Greenberger graduated from Stanford Law. "He's whip-smart, [and] he wants to win," says Stephanopoulos.

    Since the Ohio native (he did his undergrad at Washington University) has been back, the program has booked a series of high-profile interviews, including Julian Assange at the height of the Edward Snowden crisis and President Obama after his primetime address on Syria. That aggressiveness has paid off. For the third quarter, This Week bested NBC's Meet the Press among total viewers and the 25-to-54 demographic, the first time the ABC program has done so in 16 years.

    FIRST JOB: Camp counselor at the Jewish Community Center's day camp in Columbus, Ohio. I was assigned to the 5-year-olds. As I discovered, children at that age are old enough to get into a lot of trouble but not old enough to tie their own shoes. I'm not sure I've ever had a tougher job.

    BIG BREAK: After interning at ABC News in college, I was offered a post-graduation job as George Stephanopoulos' assistant.

    MUST SEE TV: Scandal. I sometimes wish the real Washington were as exciting as the one in the show; it’d make my job that much more interesting!

    MOST MEANINGFUL THING IN MY OFFICE: Whiteboards covering every inch of wall.

    IF I WEREN'T IN THE NEWS INDUSTRY: I'd be putting my J.D. to use. Or working as an airline pilot. Earning my private pilot's license is high on my bucket list.

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