ABC News has appointed a new President, Kimberly Godwin, who becomes the first Black executive to run a broadcast network news division.
Godwin goes to ABC News from CBS News, where she had been since 2007. She was second-in-command as executive vice president of news, directing newsgathering across the network’s global portfolio with full editorial oversight. 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.”
In a statement, Peter Rice, chairman of general entertainment content for Disney, which owns ABC, said, “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. 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.”
In the same statement, Godwin said, “I have immense respect and admiration for ABC News. 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 is expected to start in May. She replaces James Goldston, who is stepping down after seven years as president.