According to Variety.com, Kimberly Godwin, who has worked at CBS News since 2007 in multiple capacities, will be the next president of ABC News starting in May — and the first Black executive to run a broadcast-network news operation.
Godwin will oversee ABC News mainstays Good Morning America and World News Tonight, both of which are the most-watched programs in their category, as well as ABC’s The View, 20/20 and This Week. Goodwin will have also have say over the news unit’s live-streaming, audio and special programming.
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“Kim is an instinctive and admired executive whose unique experiences, strengths and strategic vision made her the ideal choice to lead the outstanding team at ABC News and build on their incredible success,” said Peter Rice, chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content, in a statement.
“Throughout Kim’s career in global news organizations and local newsrooms, she has distinguished herself as a fierce advocate for excellence, collaboration, inclusion and the vital role of accurate and transparent news reporting.” Godwin will report to Rice.
Godwin’s ascension to a top network news position was presaged earlier this year when Rashida Jones took over as president of MSNBC, making her the first Black executive to oversee one of the nation’s big cable-news networks.
Original article source: https://goodblacknews.org/2021/04/14/cbs-news-veteran-kimberly-godwin-to-become-president-of-abc-news/ | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council