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NABJ Applauds CBS News Changes, Elevation of Minorities & Women in Leading Roles

Monday, May 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kanya Stewart
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The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) applauds CBS News’ ongoing efforts to underscore its commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity across its news operations. According to Variety, CBS’ recent promotions place women at the center of most of CBS News’ flagship programs and in top producer roles at many shows.

Today, CBS News announced that Gayle King will serve as the main anchor of a revamped “CBS This Morning” team. The Hollywood Reporter is also reporting that King’s salary has doubled to $11 million. Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil will join King as a part of the new “CBS This Morning” anchor lineup.

CBS News also named Norah O’Donnell anchor and managing editor of "CBS Evening News."

In January, Susan Zirinsky was named president of CBS News. In February, Kimberly Godwin was named executive vice president at CBS News. Godwin is the highest-ranking black news executive in network news.

These recent changes at CBS have elevated both minorities and women into key leadership roles within CBS’ news operations. NABJ congratulates King and O'Donnell on their new appointments and Zirinsky for making these important changes.

After productive and positive meetings with CBS News leadership over the last year, NABJ is pleased with the progress being made thus far under Zirinsky's leadership and we encourage all news companies to consider the importance of diverse voices in leadership capacities.

King was the mistress of ceremonies at the NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards in 2016 in Washington, D.C. Godwin has been a long-time, active member of NABJ.

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