Noah Oppenheim '96

Noah Oppenheim, ‘96, had his journalistic start as an editor and writer for our student newspaper, The Gregorian Chant. Now he’s in charge of NBC’s “Today” show. Find out more about Noah in the news release below and in the Arizona Daily Star. Gregory Grad and Former Tucsonan Named “Today” Show Chief Noah Oppenheim, a graduate of St. Gregory College Preparatory School – now The Gregory School – has been chosen to lead NBC’s “Today” show. Oppenheim, a graduate of the Class of 1996, started his journalism career at the Tucson independent school, where he served as an editor and writer for the school newspaper, The Gregorian Chant. On Jan. 16, nearly two decades after his first journalism experience, Oppenheim was named senior vice president in charge of “Today.” Starting in March, he will oversee both television and digital operations of the show. Oppenheim previously worked at “Today” as senior producer from 2005 until 2008, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program. He went on to Reveille, a Los Angeles entertainment group, and most recently worked as a screenplay writer, where he has enjoyed success on the big screen. He served as lead screenplay writer for “The Maze Runner,” which opened at No. 1 at the box office. He is currently adapting the conclusion of the “Divergent” trilogy, “Allegiant,” and is co-author of the best-selling series “The Intellectual Devotional.” Oppenheim, who moved to Tucson with his family at the start of seventh grade, went on to Harvard University, where he earned a degree in social studies, studying history, economics and philosophy. He has been living in Los Angeles and is moving to New York for his duties at “Today.” Educators and administrators at The Gregory School, which provides outstanding educational experiences for students in grades five through 12, remember Oppenheim as a passionate learner. Ken Bucholtz was Oppenheim’s math teacher and golf coach at St. Gregory, which changed its name to The Gregory School in 2014. He described Oppenheim as “bright, talented, friendly, witty, versatile and able to engage anyone he met on a variety of topics.” “Noah always had that smile, and the smile remained, even if involved in a heated debate – an activity he seemed to enjoy and usually won,” Bucholtz said. “I am grateful and feel fortunate to have been able to spend time with such a wonderful young man. Now, he is a wonderfully talented older man, and I am glad that NBC has shown the wisdom to seek his guidance once again,” Bucholtz said. Debby Kennedy, a trustee at The Gregory School who served as admissions director for many years, said Oppenheim “made such a huge impact while a student, both in and out of the classroom. I still remember his commencement speech and knew then, he was going to make all of us proud in college and beyond. I’m not a bit surprised to hear of Noah’s continued success.” Dr. Julie Sherrill, head of school at TGS, said Oppenheim is one of the many talented alumni around the globe who were launched into professional and personal success. “We are proud of our alumni, and we are dedicated to providing extraordinary experiences in and out of the classroom that arm our graduates with the tools they need to succeed in college, careers and life,” Sherrill said. The Gregory School, which has provided academic excellence since 1980, is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.

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