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NABJ Celebrates CBS Vice President Kimberly Godwin

Monday, December 18, 2017  
Posted by: Veronique Dodson
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NABJ Celebrates CBS Vice President Kimberly Godwin



WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 18, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is applauding the recent promotion of long-time member Kimberly Godwin to vice president of news at CBS News. Also continuing in her role as executive director for development and diversity, Godwin is responsible for the editorial direction, launch and coordination of all CBS News newsgathering resources domestically and around the globe.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for me at an extraordinary time in history," said Godwin. "I'm really looking forward to building upon the traditions and standards of CBS News to make a difference. I truly hope to open more doors and help careers to flourish."

A graduate of Florida A&M University (FAMU), where she is currently Chair of the Board of Visitors of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, Godwin's stellar career includes stints as the acting news director and assistant news director at WCBS-TV in New York; vice president and news director at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles; vice president of news operations for NBC Television Stations; vice president and news director at KXAS-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth; news director at WOIO/WUAB in Cleveland; assistant news director and senior news producer at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia; executive producer at WNBC-TV in New York; and producer at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh.

"We are extremely proud of Kimberly Godwin. Her leadership skills are noteworthy and worthy of praise," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. 

"NABJ applauds CBS News for rewarding journalistic excellence. Kimberly is deserving of this promotion."
Godwin has also been interim director for journalism and an adjunct faculty member at FAMU, two posts that have allowed her to continue being not only a mentor but a source of inspiration and support for aspiring journalists.

"Professor Godwin -- because I'll never be able to call her by her first name -- has opened so many doors for journalists of color as a mentor, educator and in her professional capacity," said Marlon A. Walker, NABJ's vice president of print, who is also a FAMU alum. "She continues to inspire me to do more to reach back and continually remind hiring managers about talented journalists of color when they're filling jobs."

According to Dorothy Tucker, NABJ vice president of broadcast, Godwin's promotion is being celebrated in newsrooms across the country.

"This is big news for the industry and NABJ," said Tucker. "Aspiring journalists in J-Schools around the country will see what can happen when you get a good education, work hard and strive for excellence. This is also an example of when those efforts are recognized and rewarded. We all share in Kimberly's success."

About The National Association of Black Journalists
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit

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