A three-time Emmy Award winning television producer, media instructor and public relations VP with deep expertise creating global content across digital platforms. Now leads in-house creative teams to tell their own branded stories. Deadline driven, flexible and scalable to deliver network-caliber media content.
Linda Boonyuen Owens is a three-time Emmy Award winning producer with over 15 years of experience in television, entertainment, and communications. In 2016, Cohn & Wolfe public relations in San Francisco recruited Linda as their first Vice President of Content Development to humanize tech client stories across platforms including text, videos and podcasts.
Shaped by twelve years at ABC News Good Morning America, BBC, TLC, Discovery and PBS in New York City, Linda’s versatile approach to content creation comes from her roots in high volume daily television where a story is multiplied into video, print and radio versions for online verticals. Today, she directs creative teams to deliver quality content worldwide. Her recent clients include Panasonic, Intel, BMW, Novartis, the United Nations, and Vice Media.
Since 2012, Linda has served as a communications consultant at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). She creates intimate, on the ground content to inform, inspire and persuade delegates to reach a consensus on global campaigns. Her crews deliver media in five UN languages for over 190 member countries. The United Nations has commissioned Linda to produce stories in Bangkok, Jakarta, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, and Beijing.
In 2012, UN Women hired Linda, as an American producer living in Thailand, to share her network television experience with their offices in the Asia-Pacific region. She developed a one-day workshop to train eleven UN Women country managers and their communications staff on how to think like a journalist and pitch stories to media organizations.
That same year, the Faculty of Communications at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’s most prestigious institution, tapped Linda as a working journalist to teach the mechanics of television and radio news in their international program. At the end of the course, her students from Germany and the Asia-Pacific region produced two polished TV news shows featuring exceptional storytelling in both English and Thai.
Before returning to the US in 2015, Linda elevated Vice Media coverage in Thailand. For Vice Fightland, she profiled Israel’s top kickboxing striker blow by blow at the historic first Muay Thai University World Cup in Bangkok. She also developed and produced a Vice documentary chronicling the transgender movement for equal rights in post-coup Thailand, a nation known for its fluid gender identity.
In 2005, ABC News Good Morning America hired Linda as a one-woman band to shoot and produce post- Hurricane Katrina stories of recovery along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After Katrina, she began crashing breaking news stories for correspondents and GMA anchors Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts and Chris Cuomo.
During her five years at the top-rated morning show in America, Linda produced over 1,000 stories making her the most prolific producer during her tenure. She’s covered the Virginia Tech shootings, climate change in the Arctic, U.S. troops homecomings from Iraq, male breast cancer, and avalanche survivors. Linda was honored as part of the GMA team that won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Linda’s global view of the world started during childhood. An Air Force brat, she was raised on remote military bases in Thailand; Okinawa, Japan; Alaska; and the Florida Panhandle.
In 1998, Linda moved to New York City to attend the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She wrote her masters thesis on the passing of a hate crimes law in New York State. For the next twelve years, she remained in Manhattan finessing her craft as a storyteller in news and entertainment, before her transition into communications brought her to Bangkok and now, San Francisco.