Black executive magic!
Veteran television executive, Kim Godwin, is set to make history as the new ABC News president, Deadline reports.
Godwin got her start in the industry, working at local TV stations. She worked as a news director and assistant news director at New York’s WCBS-TV before becoming vice president and news director at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. Then she moved on to vice president of news operations for NBC Television stations and vice president/news director at KXAS-TV in Dallas.
In 2007 the Florida A & M University graduate became an executive at CBS, where she has served for nearly 15 years. Now, CBS plans to let Godwin out of her contract to make history as the first Black woman to run a broadcast network news company. She will fill the position formerly occupied by Walt Disney Co. news executive, James Goldston. Godwin is currently solidifying negotiations for the ABC News president role.
The Emmy Award winning journalist has been a force in journalism for sometime. Last year, the National Association of Black Journalists honored Godwin with the Ida B. Wells Award. The honor is bestowed on those who show distinguished leadership in increasing access and opportunities to people of color in journalism and improving the coverage of communities of color.
As president, Godwin would focus on rebuilding the ABC News culture and progressing the company forward. If appointed, Godwin would make the fourth woman in leadership at four national TV news organizations, including Fox News Media’s Suzanne Scott, CBS News president Susan Zirinsky, and NBC Universal’s MSNBC cable channel president Rashida Jones.
We are all rooting for you! Congratulations Kim!
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