new fred yager head shot 2013.jpg

TV business news might be a very different medium without Fred Yager.   He was a reporter for the Associated Press for 13 years, and later, a Vice President of Corporate Communications for Merrill Lynch.  While at Merrill, Yager built and oversaw the first always-live studio hookup to the trading floor of a major brokerage, allowing CNBC, Bloomberg, and other business broadcasts easy access to Merrill’s analysts for interviews and analysis.  Yager also created and ran the Merrill Lynch Global Investor Network, a daily Internet webcast that featured the firm’s analysts and financial experts in streaming video.

In addition to the AP, Yager’s journalism credentials include appointments at Fox Television and CBS News. He was the first Managing Editor of APTV and was named Associated Press Broadcast News Writer of the Year in 1975.  He began his journalism career in the Navy, where he attended the Defense School of Journalism and was later assigned to the Department of Defense as a War Correspondent in Vietnam.

Yager currently serves as Director of Communications for Gibson Guitar Corporation in Nashville.  He was awarded a certificate in film production from New York University and a degree in psychology from the City University of New York.