In a career spanning more than 30 years, Jim Maceda has covered over 100 countries and reported on many major conflicts, from the war in Rhodesia, to Lebanon, to Northern Ireland, to the wars in the former Yugoslavia, including the airstrikes in Serbia and Kosovo, to the conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has been based in London since 1999.
Maceda was named NBC News' Germany correspondent in 1994, and from that post he covered Eastern Europe, the Bosnia civil war and peacekeeping missions in the former Yugoslavia and Haiti. In addition, he has covered breaking news in Iran, Iraq, Russia, China and the Middle East.
Previously, he had been NBC News' Moscow correspondent since 1990. He has covered a variety of stories on the Soviet Union, including the attempted coup on then-President Mikhail G. Gorbachev and the fall of the Soviet Union. In one exclusive report in February 1992, Maceda and his crew were the first foreign TV journalists to gain access to a secret nuclear city in Siberia, named K-26, which housed the biggest plutonium weapons factory in the former Soviet Union. Maceda also covered the civil war and 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 stories, including the Cambodian War, the Burma Revolt, the Drug War in Colombia and the Panama Invasion. In 1989 he won his second Emmy for his coverage of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing.
From 1984 to 1988, Maceda was a Senior News Producer in London. During that time, he led the first U.S. television team in covering the Ethiopian famine. In November 1988 he won an Emmy for his coverage of the Intifada Palestinian Uprising in 1987-88, the same year he made his switch back to on-air network reporting. He also served as the acting bureau chief for NBC News in Manila from February to July 1986, during the People Power Revolt and fall of Ferdinand Marcos.
Maceda was the deputy bureau chief and producer for NBC News in Tel Aviv from 1981 to 1983 where he covered major events including the Israel's handing over of the Sinai to Egypt and the Lebanon War. While in Beirut, he produced the heralded 17-part Lebanon Diary series with correspondent Stan Bernard.
Maceda got his start in journalism as an associate producer for CBS News in Paris, where he worked 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 in Israel for a European TV network with Isreaeli 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 the Overseas Press Club Award for his coverage of the fall of the Soviet Union, in 1991. He has also received OPC citations in 1988, 1993 and 2002, the Olive Branch Award from Columbia University in 1991 for stories on nuclear proliferation, and he has been nominated for national Emmys in 1995 and 1997, in addition to his two national Emmy awards (1988, 1989).
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 is married to Cindy Lilles and has a grown daughter from a previous marriage.