Kim Godwin will make history as the new president of ABC News. Godwin became the first black executive to run the newsroom of a major U.S. broadcast network.
Godwin was named president of ABC News on Wednesday by Peter Rice, chairman of Disney’s comprehensive entertainment content, and she will report to the latter, according to an ABC release.
Godwin will oversee editorial and business operations for broadcast, digital, streaming and audio news across the organization, including Good Morning America, World News Tonight, 20/20, Nightline, FiveThirtyEight, “The View” and “This Week.”
Godwin succeeds ABC’s James Goldston, who left the ABC in March after 17 years.
“I have great respect and admiration for ABC News,” Godwin said in a statement. “As the most trusted name in journalism, they are celebrated for the extraordinary work and dedication of their reporters, producers, executives and their entire organizational team.”
Godwin has been with CBS News since 2007.Godwin starts CBS News Senior producer of the evening news show, then hosted by Katie Couric.
The National Association of Black Journalists honored Godwin with the Ida B. Wells Award last fall, praising her “for her work in creating a diverse newsroom and her focus throughout her career on identifying and advocating for young journalists.”
Godwin’s years of service have prepared her for this historic role. Another great example of black people excelling at work.