Godwin would be the first Black woman to run a broadcast network news operation.
Veteran television executive and
longtime CBS News executive, Kim Godwin is set to make history as the first Black president of ABC News.
According to reports from Deadline, Godwin who currently serves as executive vice president of news for the network will fill the position of Walt Disney Co. news executive, James Goldston who announced in January that he was stepping down March 31.
Emmy winning Godwin in 2007 became an executive at CBS, where she has served for nearly 15 years. She kicked off her career in the industry, working at local TV stations 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.
Following Godwin’s amazing work in Journalism, Last year, the National Association of Black Journalists honored Godwin with the Ida B. Wells Award for 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.
She joins other high ranking women in television, such as Channing Dungey, the chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group, Tara Duncan, president of Freeform and Vanessa Morrison, president of streaming at Walt Disney Studios.