Mark Bauman is an award-winning media and impact communications executive. He has launched and run a number of global magazines and channels, and been recognized with numerous film, broadcast, web, and print journalism honors, including an Emmy, more than a dozen Cine Golden Eagles, and various film festival awards. Before taking the helm at Grid.news and Virtual Wonders, he oversaw the Smithsonian Institution’s commercial media units, including "Smithsonian," & "Air & Space" magazines, Smithsonian Books, Smithsonian.com, and the Smithsonian Channel partnership with Showtime.Previously, Bauman served as Chairman of National Geographic's Cross Platform Committee, and as Executive Vice President of National Geographic Television, where he oversaw more than 400 hours of programming, as well as National Geographic's Digital Video (tripling NG's YouTube traffic, garnering 3 million subscribers and more than a billion video streams). He also served on YouTube’s Video Advisory Board.Before National Geographic, Bauman, who speaks Spanish, Russian, Czech and Italian, was based in Eastern Europe and Latin America for ABC News, where he ran Baghdad and Balkan coverage. He has covered war and genocide in Central Africa, Lebanon, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Iraq for many of the best print and broadcast media outlets in the world.