Kimberly Godwin Named President Of ABC News

She joins from CBS where she was second-in-command as executive vice president of news directing newsgathering across the global portfolio with full editorial oversight.

Kimberly Godwin was named president of ABC News today by Peter Rice, chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content, to whom she will report. Godwin will oversee editorial and business operations for broadcast, digital, streaming and audio news across the organization which includes  Good Morning America, World News Tonight, 20/20, Nightline, FiveThirtyEight, The View and This Week.

Godwin will join ABC News in early May and brings to the team a breadth of experience in newsroom leadership garnered from an accomplished 35-year journalism career. Godwin has overseen newsgathering and managed full editorial oversight across a global portfolio of news properties. At the network level, she has executive produced news programming, managed a nightly news broadcast, created cross-digital content, and earned recognition for award-winning programming and reporting. Godwin began her career running local newsrooms in markets across the U.S. including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia and Cleveland.

“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 Rice. “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.”

“I have immense respect and admiration for ABC News,” added Godwin. “As the most trusted brand in news, they are to be commended for the extraordinary work and dedication of the journalists, producers, executives and their teams across the organization. I am honored to take on this stewardship and excited for what we will achieve together.”

Godwin joins Disney from CBS where she was second-in-command as executive vice president of news directing newsgathering across the global portfolio with full editorial oversight. A multitalented trailblazer with exceptional journalistic instinct and skills, she also had served as vice president of news, CBS News executive director for development and diversity, and senior broadcast producer of the CBS Evening News. At CBS, she oversaw Network News Services and 400 domestic and foreign affiliates; CBS Audio Services including over 600 affiliates and podcasts; the National Desk and domestic bureaus; News Standards & Ethics; and Race & Culture. She joined the network in 2007.

A champion for inclusion and telling representative stories, in 2020 Godwin helped to develop and oversaw both the CBS News Race & Culture Unit and CBS Village, a multiplatform franchise to highlight content about diverse groups. She was recognized in November 2020 by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with the Ida B. Wells Award for her work in advocating for coverage of communities of color, building a diverse newsroom, and championing young journalists throughout their careers.

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Before joining CBS News, Godwin honed her journalistic and leadership skills for 20 years at top stations in the United States. She was the acting news director and assistant news director at WCBS New York; vice president and news director at KNBC Los Angeles; vice president of News Operations, NBC Television Stations; vice president and news director at KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth; and news director at the duopoly WOIO-WUAB in Cleveland.

Godwin is a graduate of Florida A&M University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism. She is currently the chair of the board of visitors at her alma mater’s journalism school.

Over her career, Godwin has been honored with six National News and Documentary Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia award, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.


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