• Neeraj Khemlani

    President, Co-Head, CBS News and Stations

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  • Wendy McMahon

    President, Co-Head, CBS News and Stations

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  • Brian Applegate

    Executive Producer, CBS SATURDAY MORNING

    September 2021

    Brian Applegate is the executive producer of CBS SATURDAY MORNING, a role he has held since February 2019. Applegate has been with the program since 2013 and previously served as the show’s senior broadcast producer.

    Since joining CBS SATURDAY MORNING, Applegate has transformed the broadcast into a home for long-form storytelling and a showcase for emerging talent. Each week, in addition to the day’s news, the show tries to expose viewers to new voices in the world of art, literature, food and music. In 2014 Applegate launched CBS SATURDAY MORNING’s “Saturday Sessions” segment, which has now become a highly respected go-to segment for new bands and legendary musicians. The program’s “The Dish” segment won the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Television Segment.

    In 2013 Applegate served as senior broadcast producer of “CBS This Morning” where, in addition to the daily broadcast, he also oversaw the Network’s breaking news coverage of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

    Prior to that, Applegate was executive producer of CBS News’ overnight broadcast “Up to the Minute” and the CBS MORNING NEWS. He was responsible for the Network’s overnight breaking news cut-ins, including the death of Ted Kennedy and the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Applegate joined CBS News in 2008 as a senior producer for “Up to the Minute” after three years as a WCBS-TV producer. Prior to that position, he was a producer at the NBC affiliate WHDH-TV where he won a regional Edward R Murrow Award for Breaking News. He began his career at WSTM in Syracuse, N.Y.

    September 2021

    Brian Applegate is the executive producer of CBS SATURDAY MORNING, a role he has held since February 2019. Applegate has been with the program since 2013 and previously served as the show’s senior broadcast producer.

    Since joining CBS SATURDAY MORNING, Applegate has transformed the broadcast into a home for long-form storytelling and a showcase for emerging talent. Each week, in addition to the day’s news, the show tries to expose viewers to new voices in the world of art, literature, food and music. In 2014 Applegate launched CBS SATURDAY MORNING’s “Saturday Sessions” segment, which has now become a highly respected go-to segment for new bands and legendary musicians. The program’s “The Dish” segment won the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Television Segment.

    In 2013 Applegate served as senior broadcast producer of “CBS This Morning” where, in addition to the daily broadcast, he also oversaw the Network’s breaking news coverage of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

    Prior to that, Applegate was executive producer of CBS News’ overnight broadcast “Up to the Minute” and the CBS MORNING NEWS. He was responsible for the Network’s overnight breaking news cut-ins, including the death of Ted Kennedy and the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Applegate joined CBS News in 2008 as a senior producer for “Up to the Minute” after three years as a WCBS-TV producer. Prior to that position, he was a producer at the NBC affiliate WHDH-TV where he won a regional Edward R Murrow Award for Breaking News. He began his career at WSTM in Syracuse, N.Y.

  • Stacey Benson

    Chief Financial Officer, CBS News and Stations

    July 2020

    Stacey Benson is the Chief Financial Officer of CBS News, where she is responsible for all of the News division’s financial operations.

    Benson joined CBS News from ViacomCBS’ Global Media Operations division, where she served as Senior Vice President of Finance and was responsible for the financial operations and consolidation of Global Media Operations, including financial and strategic support to the leadership team.

    Previously, Benson served as Senior Vice President of Finance at CBS Radio for 15 years, where she oversaw all financial operations, in addition to leading the division through its initial public offering preparation and its sale to Entercom in 2017.

    Benson began her tenure at CBS Radio in 2002 as a controller and steadily increased her responsibilities and role within the division. She was named Vice President, Controller in 2006 and held that position until 2011. She was named Senior Vice President of Finance in 2012.

    Prior to CBS Radio, Benson was a controller with Scient, Inc., a New York business and technology consulting firm. Earlier in her career, she was an accounting manager with Frontline Capital Group in New York. Before that, she was an accounting supervisor and real estate accountant with HQ Global Workplaces, Inc.

    Benson earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

    July 2020

    Stacey Benson is the Chief Financial Officer of CBS News, where she is responsible for all of the News division’s financial operations.

    Benson joined CBS News from ViacomCBS’ Global Media Operations division, where she served as Senior Vice President of Finance and was responsible for the financial operations and consolidation of Global Media Operations, including financial and strategic support to the leadership team.

    Previously, Benson served as Senior Vice President of Finance at CBS Radio for 15 years, where she oversaw all financial operations, in addition to leading the division through its initial public offering preparation and its sale to Entercom in 2017.

    Benson began her tenure at CBS Radio in 2002 as a controller and steadily increased her responsibilities and role within the division. She was named Vice President, Controller in 2006 and held that position until 2011. She was named Senior Vice President of Finance in 2012.

    Prior to CBS Radio, Benson was a controller with Scient, Inc., a New York business and technology consulting firm. Earlier in her career, she was an accounting manager with Frontline Capital Group in New York. Before that, she was an accounting supervisor and real estate accountant with HQ Global Workplaces, Inc.

    Benson earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

  • Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews

    Executive Vice President, CBS News and Stations

    January 2021

    Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews is executive vice president and CBS News Washington bureau chief. As the Washington bureau chief, Ciprian-Matthews oversees the newsgathering and management of the Network’s largest bureau that is also home to the CBS EVENING NEWS and FACE THE NATION.

    Throughout her distinguished career, Ciprian-Matthews has held several senior management roles and managed teams across the globe. She currently leads the bureau with extensive newsgathering experience, having steered coverage of countless international conflicts, natural disasters, political events and terrorist attacks. She has served as CBS News’ acting Washington bureau chief from July 2020 through January 2021 and was responsible for CBS News’ campaign coverage such as the 2020 conventions, presidential debates, Election Night and the CBS News Decision Desk. Ciprian-Matthews reports directly to CBS News and Stations presidents and co-heads Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon.

    Ciprian-Matthews has served as an executive vice president for CBS News since 2018. She most recently was CBS News’ executive vice president of strategic professional development, where she focused on recruitment and development of off-air talent to attract and retain the best workforce for CBS News. As part of CBS News’ senior executive leadership team, Ciprian-Matthews also worked tirelessly to shepherd new initiatives focused on enhancing CBS News’ culture.

    Ciprian-Matthews was CBS News’ executive vice president of news (2018-2019), senior vice president of news administration (2015-2018) and vice president of news (2011-2015), a role in which she coordinated all day-to-day news coverage. Before that, she served as CBS News’ foreign editor (2006-2011); senior broadcast producer for the CBS EVENING NEWS (2004-2006); and senior producer for CBS News’ foreign coverage (2000-2004). In 1998 she became the deputy bureau chief for the CBS News London bureau (1998-2000) and served as senior broadcast producer for CBS News’ morning broadcasts from 1994-1998. She joined CBS News in 1993 as a senior producer for live segments for the morning news.

    Before joining CBS News, Ciprian-Matthews was the managing editor of CNN’s New York bureau (1990-1993) and a field producer, assignment manager and assignment editor for CNN (1984-1990). She started her career as a general assignment reporter for the National Public Radio Spanish-language news program “Enfoque Nacional.”

    Throughout her career, Ciprian-Matthews has guided coverage of major news events, including ethnic cleansing in Kosovo in the late ‘90s; the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; endless wars and numerous bombings in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; liberation movements and the Arab Spring from Tunisia to Egypt; the nuclear challenge from both Iran and North Korea; and deadly earthquakes in China, Haiti and Chile.

    Ciprian-Matthews is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and the recipient of an Alfred I. duPont award for CBS News’ coverage of the Newtown tragedy. In 2016 the National Association of Hispanic Journalists presented Ciprian-Matthews with the Presidential Award of Impact, citing her exceptional news experience and deep commitment to journalistic excellence.

    Ciprian-Matthews has had a vast and lasting leadership role shaping the culture of CBS News. She has also served in several high-profile leadership positions outside of the organization, including on the advisory board for the International Women’s Media Foundation, News Leaders Association (formerly the American Society of News Editors and AP Media Editors), the Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project, and the ViacomCBS Veterans Network Advisory Council.

    Ciprian-Matthews was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 1981 she received a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and graduated from New York University in 1984 with a master’s degree in journalism.

    January 2021

    Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews is executive vice president and CBS News Washington bureau chief. As the Washington bureau chief, Ciprian-Matthews oversees the newsgathering and management of the Network’s largest bureau that is also home to the CBS EVENING NEWS and FACE THE NATION.

    Throughout her distinguished career, Ciprian-Matthews has held several senior management roles and managed teams across the globe. She currently leads the bureau with extensive newsgathering experience, having steered coverage of countless international conflicts, natural disasters, political events and terrorist attacks. She has served as CBS News’ acting Washington bureau chief from July 2020 through January 2021 and was responsible for CBS News’ campaign coverage such as the 2020 conventions, presidential debates, Election Night and the CBS News Decision Desk. Ciprian-Matthews reports directly to CBS News and Stations presidents and co-heads Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon.

    Ciprian-Matthews has served as an executive vice president for CBS News since 2018. She most recently was CBS News’ executive vice president of strategic professional development, where she focused on recruitment and development of off-air talent to attract and retain the best workforce for CBS News. As part of CBS News’ senior executive leadership team, Ciprian-Matthews also worked tirelessly to shepherd new initiatives focused on enhancing CBS News’ culture.

    Ciprian-Matthews was CBS News’ executive vice president of news (2018-2019), senior vice president of news administration (2015-2018) and vice president of news (2011-2015), a role in which she coordinated all day-to-day news coverage. Before that, she served as CBS News’ foreign editor (2006-2011); senior broadcast producer for the CBS EVENING NEWS (2004-2006); and senior producer for CBS News’ foreign coverage (2000-2004). In 1998 she became the deputy bureau chief for the CBS News London bureau (1998-2000) and served as senior broadcast producer for CBS News’ morning broadcasts from 1994-1998. She joined CBS News in 1993 as a senior producer for live segments for the morning news.

    Before joining CBS News, Ciprian-Matthews was the managing editor of CNN’s New York bureau (1990-1993) and a field producer, assignment manager and assignment editor for CNN (1984-1990). She started her career as a general assignment reporter for the National Public Radio Spanish-language news program “Enfoque Nacional.”

    Throughout her career, Ciprian-Matthews has guided coverage of major news events, including ethnic cleansing in Kosovo in the late ‘90s; the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; endless wars and numerous bombings in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; liberation movements and the Arab Spring from Tunisia to Egypt; the nuclear challenge from both Iran and North Korea; and deadly earthquakes in China, Haiti and Chile.

    Ciprian-Matthews is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and the recipient of an Alfred I. duPont award for CBS News’ coverage of the Newtown tragedy. In 2016 the National Association of Hispanic Journalists presented Ciprian-Matthews with the Presidential Award of Impact, citing her exceptional news experience and deep commitment to journalistic excellence.

    Ciprian-Matthews has had a vast and lasting leadership role shaping the culture of CBS News. She has also served in several high-profile leadership positions outside of the organization, including on the advisory board for the International Women’s Media Foundation, News Leaders Association (formerly the American Society of News Editors and AP Media Editors), the Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project, and the ViacomCBS Veterans Network Advisory Council.

    Ciprian-Matthews was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 1981 she received a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and graduated from New York University in 1984 with a master’s degree in journalism.

  • Anthony Galloway

    Senior Vice President, CBS News Streaming

    April 2022

    Anthony Galloway is the senior vice president of CBS News Streaming. He began his new role in February 2022.

    Galloway has oversight of the day-to-day programming and production of the CBS News Streaming Network, the 24/7 anchored streaming news service from CBS News and Stations that is available free to everyone with access to the internet.

    Galloway is an award-winning digital and broadcast news executive with more than two decades of news experience. He joined CBS News from The Wall Street Journal, where he most recently held the newsroom role of chief content officer, editorial video, audio and voice programming. In that job, Galloway led video and audio production teams across three continents to produce daily news, feature and long-form documentary programming for the company’s digital video, social media, streaming and podcasting platforms. During his tenure, Galloway led the team to double the organization’s video viewership and podcast audience, in addition to earning the organization’s first Emmy Award. Galloway was the editorial lead for the WSJ’s partnerships with YouTube, Google and Twitter, and he helped develop the organization’s first streaming television projects with Netflix and Apple TV+, as well as a daily podcast with Spotify’s Gimlet Media.

    Before the WSJ, Galloway was vice president of digital video programming at Condé Nast Entertainment, where he oversaw the production of video content inspired by the publishing company’s iconic brands. Earlier, he was executive producer for mobile content at Vice Media, where he developed daily and recurring series for Vice’s mobile, digital and social platforms. While there, he served as the executive producer of Vice’s first daily digital series, “Daily Vice.”

    Galloway spent 15 years at NBC News. In his most recent role, Galloway was a supervising producer where he oversaw production of original digital, short-form and long-form video content for “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Dateline” and NBCNews.com. There, he developed digital series and led control room production of live segments during primetime breaking news specials, and he produced NBC News’ first live webcast from Tehran, Iran.

    His career at NBC News included working on journalist Ann Curry’s producing team, where he oversaw and produced high-profile projects and interviews with world leaders. He also produced a series of documentaries for “Dateline.” Galloway worked in NBC News’ primetime unit as a digital coordinating producer and was later promoted to digital supervising producer, where he launched and led the network’s digital-first newsmagazine.

    Galloway oversaw NBC’s live, primetime news coverage of the 2011 tornado outbreak, President Barack Obama’s address to the nation following the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. and live reports on the night of the Boston Marathon bombing. Galloway began his career at NBC News in 2000 as a news associate.

    Galloway has earned several awards for his work, including multiple Emmy Awards and a Webby Award, and he was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team at The Wall Street Journal.

    He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.

    April 2022

    Anthony Galloway is the senior vice president of CBS News Streaming. He began his new role in February 2022.

    Galloway has oversight of the day-to-day programming and production of the CBS News Streaming Network, the 24/7 anchored streaming news service from CBS News and Stations that is available free to everyone with access to the internet.

    Galloway is an award-winning digital and broadcast news executive with more than two decades of news experience. He joined CBS News from The Wall Street Journal, where he most recently held the newsroom role of chief content officer, editorial video, audio and voice programming. In that job, Galloway led video and audio production teams across three continents to produce daily news, feature and long-form documentary programming for the company’s digital video, social media, streaming and podcasting platforms. During his tenure, Galloway led the team to double the organization’s video viewership and podcast audience, in addition to earning the organization’s first Emmy Award. Galloway was the editorial lead for the WSJ’s partnerships with YouTube, Google and Twitter, and he helped develop the organization’s first streaming television projects with Netflix and Apple TV+, as well as a daily podcast with Spotify’s Gimlet Media.

    Before the WSJ, Galloway was vice president of digital video programming at Condé Nast Entertainment, where he oversaw the production of video content inspired by the publishing company’s iconic brands. Earlier, he was executive producer for mobile content at Vice Media, where he developed daily and recurring series for Vice’s mobile, digital and social platforms. While there, he served as the executive producer of Vice’s first daily digital series, “Daily Vice.”

    Galloway spent 15 years at NBC News. In his most recent role, Galloway was a supervising producer where he oversaw production of original digital, short-form and long-form video content for “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Dateline” and NBCNews.com. There, he developed digital series and led control room production of live segments during primetime breaking news specials, and he produced NBC News’ first live webcast from Tehran, Iran.

    His career at NBC News included working on journalist Ann Curry’s producing team, where he oversaw and produced high-profile projects and interviews with world leaders. He also produced a series of documentaries for “Dateline.” Galloway worked in NBC News’ primetime unit as a digital coordinating producer and was later promoted to digital supervising producer, where he launched and led the network’s digital-first newsmagazine.

    Galloway oversaw NBC’s live, primetime news coverage of the 2011 tornado outbreak, President Barack Obama’s address to the nation following the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. and live reports on the night of the Boston Marathon bombing. Galloway began his career at NBC News in 2000 as a news associate.

    Galloway has earned several awards for his work, including multiple Emmy Awards and a Webby Award, and he was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team at The Wall Street Journal.

    He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.

  • Mary Hager

    Executive Producer, FACE THE NATION

    December 2019

    Mary Hager is executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning and #1 Sunday morning public affairs program FACE THE NATION. The program is one the longest-running news programs in the history of television.

    Prior to becoming executive producer, Hager was the broadcast’s senior producer. She brings more than 24 years of political reporting to the job. She was then CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer’s producer for 10 years and covered virtually every presidential campaign, convention and election night.

    Hager began her career at CBS News in 1991 as a researcher in the CBS News Political Unit, and from there moved to Capitol Hill to work with Schieffer as Senate producer in 1993.

    In 1999, she moved to the Atlanta Bureau, working with CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts covering the southeast and 2000 campaign, including the presidential recount in Tallahassee.

    In 2001 Mary returned to Washington as a producer on CBS EVENING NEWS, where she spent eight years covering Congress, politics, the 2004 Kerry Campaign and the George W. Bush White House.

    Mary is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

    December 2019

    Mary Hager is executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning and #1 Sunday morning public affairs program FACE THE NATION. The program is one the longest-running news programs in the history of television.

    Prior to becoming executive producer, Hager was the broadcast’s senior producer. She brings more than 24 years of political reporting to the job. She was then CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer’s producer for 10 years and covered virtually every presidential campaign, convention and election night.

    Hager began her career at CBS News in 1991 as a researcher in the CBS News Political Unit, and from there moved to Capitol Hill to work with Schieffer as Senate producer in 1993.

    In 1999, she moved to the Atlanta Bureau, working with CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts covering the southeast and 2000 campaign, including the presidential recount in Tallahassee.

    In 2001 Mary returned to Washington as a producer on CBS EVENING NEWS, where she spent eight years covering Congress, politics, the 2004 Kerry Campaign and the George W. Bush White House.

    Mary is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

  • Rick Jefferson

    Senior Vice President of News Operations, CBS News

    August 2021

              Rick Jefferson is Senior Vice President of News Operations at CBS News and is based in New York.

    Jefferson is responsible for the division’s technical personnel and facilities worldwide, including hard news, primetime and public affairs. Jefferson oversees CBS News’ bureaus and operations for coverage of such events as conventions, elections and presidential trips. He is also responsible for exploring the latest technologies and leading the design of advanced broadcast technology for CBS News.

    Jefferson is an Emmy Award-winning executive who was named vice president of news operations in 2017.

    Jefferson has more than three decades of television production experience in broadcast and cable news, including nearly 20 years within CBS, where he’s had lead roles managing and coordinating coverage of several presidential inaugurations, political conventions, award shows and other major events. Throughout his television career, Jefferson has been dedicated to innovation through process improvement, project management and producing high-performance teams.

    Prior to his current position, Jefferson was Director of Production at CBS News, a position he started in March 2016.

    Previously, Jefferson served as director of production for CBS THIS MORNING, the Network’s award-winning morning news broadcast, from December 2012 to March 2016.

    He joined CBS News in 2012 after holding multiple key positions at MSNBC. He was the Manager of Technical Operations at MSNBC from 2009 to 2012, prior to which he served for nearly 13 years as Senior Technical Production Manager for the network.

    While at MSNBC, he was part of the original team that launched the network, acting as the liaison between production staff and technical staff for MSNBC Special Projects and for “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” He also served as lead technical production manager for major projects including the royal wedding, Republican and Democratic national conventions and a variety of major breaking news events.

    Before joining MSNBC, Jefferson spent a year as a Production Supervisor for CBS-owned flagship station WCBS (1995-1996). Earlier, he served in a variety of capacities for CBS, including Broadcast Distribution Manager (1992-1995), Supervisor, Broadcast Operations (1991-1992) and Satellite Control Manager (1990-1991).

    He began his television career with CBS as a Network Documentation Clerk in 1984.

    Jefferson graduated from St. John’s University, where he majored in communications arts and minored in liberal arts.

    August 2021

              Rick Jefferson is Senior Vice President of News Operations at CBS News and is based in New York.

    Jefferson is responsible for the division’s technical personnel and facilities worldwide, including hard news, primetime and public affairs. Jefferson oversees CBS News’ bureaus and operations for coverage of such events as conventions, elections and presidential trips. He is also responsible for exploring the latest technologies and leading the design of advanced broadcast technology for CBS News.

    Jefferson is an Emmy Award-winning executive who was named vice president of news operations in 2017.

    Jefferson has more than three decades of television production experience in broadcast and cable news, including nearly 20 years within CBS, where he’s had lead roles managing and coordinating coverage of several presidential inaugurations, political conventions, award shows and other major events. Throughout his television career, Jefferson has been dedicated to innovation through process improvement, project management and producing high-performance teams.

    Prior to his current position, Jefferson was Director of Production at CBS News, a position he started in March 2016.

    Previously, Jefferson served as director of production for CBS THIS MORNING, the Network’s award-winning morning news broadcast, from December 2012 to March 2016.

    He joined CBS News in 2012 after holding multiple key positions at MSNBC. He was the Manager of Technical Operations at MSNBC from 2009 to 2012, prior to which he served for nearly 13 years as Senior Technical Production Manager for the network.

    While at MSNBC, he was part of the original team that launched the network, acting as the liaison between production staff and technical staff for MSNBC Special Projects and for “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” He also served as lead technical production manager for major projects including the royal wedding, Republican and Democratic national conventions and a variety of major breaking news events.

    Before joining MSNBC, Jefferson spent a year as a Production Supervisor for CBS-owned flagship station WCBS (1995-1996). Earlier, he served in a variety of capacities for CBS, including Broadcast Distribution Manager (1992-1995), Supervisor, Broadcast Operations (1991-1992) and Satellite Control Manager (1990-1991).

    He began his television career with CBS as a Network Documentation Clerk in 1984.

    Jefferson graduated from St. John’s University, where he majored in communications arts and minored in liberal arts.

  • Mark X. Lima

    Vice President, Washington Bureau Chief

    Mark Lima is vice president and Washington bureau chief at CBS News. As the Washington bureau chief, Lima oversees the newsgathering and management of the Network’s largest bureau that is also home to the CBS EVENING NEWS and FACE THE NATION. He reports to Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, CBS News executive vice president for newsgathering.

    Lima joined CBS News in 2020 as West Coast bureau chief. During his time leading that bureau, CBS News covered major stories of national importance, including the California recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom, California’s deadly wildfire seasons of 2021 and 2020, and the general election of 2020.

    Prior to joining CBS News in 2020, Lima worked at Univision/Fusion, where since 2013 he served as vice president of news, overseeing news coverage and impact programming in English for Univision/Fusion. While there, he served as the executive producer of the Edward R. Murrow Award-winning weekly Facebook Watch program “Real America with Jorge Ramos,” which pushed the boundary of multiplatform and digital storytelling and featured prominent political interviews ahead of the 2020 election, with candidates including Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Julian Castro. In 2016, Lima was an executive producer of Fusion’s prescient Emmy-nominated documentary “The Naked Truth: Trumpland,” an in-depth look at Trump voters across the country ahead of the election. He also coordinated Fusion/Univision’s coverage of President Obama’s visit to Cuba and daily coverage of the 2016 political conventions.

    Before joining Univision/Fusion, Lima worked at ABC News for 15 years, most recently as a senior producer at Nightline where he participated in coordinating coverage of key special events, including Nightline’s coverage of former President Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration and the network’s 2012 election night coverage. He also produced affiliate coverage of the 2000 political conventions as well as election night coverage from the Bush campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas, and the subsequent recount from Tallahassee, Fla.

    Lima served as ABC News’ deputy bureau chief in Los Angeles from 2004 to 2008, and was the director of sports and special projects at ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate newsgathering service.

    Lima has been honored with the Peabody Award and multiple News Emmys. He is a graduate of Penn State University.

    Mark Lima is vice president and Washington bureau chief at CBS News. As the Washington bureau chief, Lima oversees the newsgathering and management of the Network’s largest bureau that is also home to the CBS EVENING NEWS and FACE THE NATION. He reports to Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, CBS News executive vice president for newsgathering.

    Lima joined CBS News in 2020 as West Coast bureau chief. During his time leading that bureau, CBS News covered major stories of national importance, including the California recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom, California’s deadly wildfire seasons of 2021 and 2020, and the general election of 2020.

    Prior to joining CBS News in 2020, Lima worked at Univision/Fusion, where since 2013 he served as vice president of news, overseeing news coverage and impact programming in English for Univision/Fusion. While there, he served as the executive producer of the Edward R. Murrow Award-winning weekly Facebook Watch program “Real America with Jorge Ramos,” which pushed the boundary of multiplatform and digital storytelling and featured prominent political interviews ahead of the 2020 election, with candidates including Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Julian Castro. In 2016, Lima was an executive producer of Fusion’s prescient Emmy-nominated documentary “The Naked Truth: Trumpland,” an in-depth look at Trump voters across the country ahead of the election. He also coordinated Fusion/Univision’s coverage of President Obama’s visit to Cuba and daily coverage of the 2016 political conventions.

    Before joining Univision/Fusion, Lima worked at ABC News for 15 years, most recently as a senior producer at Nightline where he participated in coordinating coverage of key special events, including Nightline’s coverage of former President Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration and the network’s 2012 election night coverage. He also produced affiliate coverage of the 2000 political conventions as well as election night coverage from the Bush campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas, and the subsequent recount from Tallahassee, Fla.

    Lima served as ABC News’ deputy bureau chief in Los Angeles from 2004 to 2008, and was the director of sports and special projects at ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate newsgathering service.

    Lima has been honored with the Peabody Award and multiple News Emmys. He is a graduate of Penn State University.

  • Claudia Milne

    Senior Vice President, Standards and Practices, CBS News and Stations

    October 2021

    Claudia Milne is Senior Vice President, Standards and Practices for CBS News and Stations, where she oversees all CBS News editorial standards and ensures they are being maintained across all CBS News stations and digital platforms.

    Milne, a veteran journalist and highly respected newsroom leader, began her new role in September 2021

    Milne joined CBS News in 2019 as managing editor of “CBS This Morning,” which was relaunched as CBS MORNINGS in September 2021. There she provided editorial leadership and set the tone for the coverage on the morning show. Milne took on additional leadership responsibilities in 2020 during the historic elections and pandemic, navigating the significant breaking news on behalf of the broadcast.

    Before joining CBS News, Milne was the senior editor of video at ProPublica. Prior to that she was head of live TV at Bloomberg TV. Milne spent the majority of her career at the BBC, where she worked in senior positions as a producer on the flagship broadcasts and across all digital and 24-hour news platforms She was an editor for the North American edition of BBC.com from 2011-2014, served as a deputy editor of the BBC’s “World News America” from 2007-2011 and was a senior producer at “BBC Newsnight” beginning in 2000.

    Milne is a second-generation journalist at CBS News. Her father, Stephen Milne, worked as an editor in CBS News’ London Bureau for 30 years supporting all of the major broadcasts, including more than 10 years working for Don Hewitt at 60 MINUTES.

    Milne earned a BA degree in American history and politics from the University of East Anglia in the U.K.

    October 2021

    Claudia Milne is Senior Vice President, Standards and Practices for CBS News and Stations, where she oversees all CBS News editorial standards and ensures they are being maintained across all CBS News stations and digital platforms.

    Milne, a veteran journalist and highly respected newsroom leader, began her new role in September 2021

    Milne joined CBS News in 2019 as managing editor of “CBS This Morning,” which was relaunched as CBS MORNINGS in September 2021. There she provided editorial leadership and set the tone for the coverage on the morning show. Milne took on additional leadership responsibilities in 2020 during the historic elections and pandemic, navigating the significant breaking news on behalf of the broadcast.

    Before joining CBS News, Milne was the senior editor of video at ProPublica. Prior to that she was head of live TV at Bloomberg TV. Milne spent the majority of her career at the BBC, where she worked in senior positions as a producer on the flagship broadcasts and across all digital and 24-hour news platforms She was an editor for the North American edition of BBC.com from 2011-2014, served as a deputy editor of the BBC’s “World News America” from 2007-2011 and was a senior producer at “BBC Newsnight” beginning in 2000.

    Milne is a second-generation journalist at CBS News. Her father, Stephen Milne, worked as an editor in CBS News’ London Bureau for 30 years supporting all of the major broadcasts, including more than 10 years working for Don Hewitt at 60 MINUTES.

    Milne earned a BA degree in American history and politics from the University of East Anglia in the U.K.

  • Rand Morrison

    Executive Producer, CBS SUNDAY MORNING

    December 2019

    Rand Morrison is the executive producer of CBS SUNDAY MORNING.

    He is the winner of 10 Emmy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Under Morrison’s leadership, CBS SUNDAY MORNING has earned two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program.

    Before joining CBS SUNDAY MORNING in 1999, he served as executive producer of CBS News Productions, where he produced, among other projects, the critically acclaimed 13-part “Century of Country” series on the history of country music for the Nashville Network.

    Prior to that, Morrison served in senior management positions on several CBS News magazines, including senior broadcast producer for “Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel” and 48 HOURS, and senior producer for “Eye to Eye with Connie Chung.”

    Before joining 48 HOURS, Morrison was a producer for the Weekend Editions of the CBS EVENING NEWS and served as a broadcast producer for the CBS MORNING NEWS. He joined CBS News in 1982 as a writer for “Nightwatch,” the overnight news broadcast, after having held a variety of positions at the Associated Press and United Press International (1977-1982).

    Morrison was born in Cleveland and was graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in English and from Northwestern University with a master's degree in journalism.

    He lives in New York.

    December 2019

    Rand Morrison is the executive producer of CBS SUNDAY MORNING.

    He is the winner of 10 Emmy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Under Morrison’s leadership, CBS SUNDAY MORNING has earned two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program.

    Before joining CBS SUNDAY MORNING in 1999, he served as executive producer of CBS News Productions, where he produced, among other projects, the critically acclaimed 13-part “Century of Country” series on the history of country music for the Nashville Network.

    Prior to that, Morrison served in senior management positions on several CBS News magazines, including senior broadcast producer for “Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel” and 48 HOURS, and senior producer for “Eye to Eye with Connie Chung.”

    Before joining 48 HOURS, Morrison was a producer for the Weekend Editions of the CBS EVENING NEWS and served as a broadcast producer for the CBS MORNING NEWS. He joined CBS News in 1982 as a writer for “Nightwatch,” the overnight news broadcast, after having held a variety of positions at the Associated Press and United Press International (1977-1982).

    Morrison was born in Cleveland and was graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in English and from Northwestern University with a master's degree in journalism.

    He lives in New York.

  • Laurie Orlando

    Senior Vice President of Talent Strategy, CBS News

    December 2019

    Laurie Orlando is the Senior Vice President of Talent Strategy for CBS News, a position she has held since January 2016. 

    Orlando, who has served as a top executive for ESPN, oversees new talent recruitment and development, and strategic planning for the news division.

    Orlando most recently served as Senior Vice President, Talent Development and Planning at ESPN, a position she had held since 2008. Previously, she was Senior Vice President, Executive Producer for MSG and Fox Sports New York (Sept. 2006 - Dec. 2007), and before that, Vice President of Programming, Original Programming and Development and Vice President of Remote and Feature Production (Nov. 2002 - August 2006) at College Sports Television (CSTV, now CBS Sports Network).

    During her career, Orlando has held significant production and programming positions, having played a key role on startup teams that launched five networks, including The Comedy Channel (1989), Classic Sports Network (1994), Oxygen Media (1999), CSTV (2003) and The Mtn (2006).

    She began her career in television in 1980 as a news intern with WRGB-TV in Albany, N.Y. In 1986, she worked as an intern for “Late Night with David Letterman” before moving onto positions with SHOWTIME and HBO’s Comedy Channel.

    Orlando graduated from Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science degree in international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in television and film writing from the Newhouse School of Public Communications. She is a member of the advisory board for the Syracuse University Falk School of Sport and Human Dynamics and an alumni advisor for students at the Newhouse School. She is also a member of Women in Cable Television (WICT) and Women in Sports and Events (WISE). Orlando lives in Connecticut with her family.

    December 2019

    Laurie Orlando is the Senior Vice President of Talent Strategy for CBS News, a position she has held since January 2016. 

    Orlando, who has served as a top executive for ESPN, oversees new talent recruitment and development, and strategic planning for the news division.

    Orlando most recently served as Senior Vice President, Talent Development and Planning at ESPN, a position she had held since 2008. Previously, she was Senior Vice President, Executive Producer for MSG and Fox Sports New York (Sept. 2006 - Dec. 2007), and before that, Vice President of Programming, Original Programming and Development and Vice President of Remote and Feature Production (Nov. 2002 - August 2006) at College Sports Television (CSTV, now CBS Sports Network).

    During her career, Orlando has held significant production and programming positions, having played a key role on startup teams that launched five networks, including The Comedy Channel (1989), Classic Sports Network (1994), Oxygen Media (1999), CSTV (2003) and The Mtn (2006).

    She began her career in television in 1980 as a news intern with WRGB-TV in Albany, N.Y. In 1986, she worked as an intern for “Late Night with David Letterman” before moving onto positions with SHOWTIME and HBO’s Comedy Channel.

    Orlando graduated from Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science degree in international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in television and film writing from the Newhouse School of Public Communications. She is a member of the advisory board for the Syracuse University Falk School of Sport and Human Dynamics and an alumni advisor for students at the Newhouse School. She is also a member of Women in Cable Television (WICT) and Women in Sports and Events (WISE). Orlando lives in Connecticut with her family.

  • Bill Owens

    Executive Producer, 60 MINUTES

    November 2019

    Bill Owens was named executive producer of 60 MINUTES in February of 2019. He assumed the role of heading America’s #1 news program after 12 years of supervising the broadcast’s content in two senior positions. First as senior producer and then the executive editor, Owens had editorial and production input in the creation of nearly a thousand 60 MINUTES segments from conception through screening and broadcast. Before taking his management role at the news magazine, the 30-year veteran of CBS News excelled at every level of responsibility while covering the gamut of international and domestic news events.

    Owens was named to Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Most Powerful Media Leaders in April 2019.

    In 2012, he co-executive produced and launched “60 Minutes Sports,” a monthly sports edition of 60 MINUTES that ran five seasons on SHOWTIME. Owens also launched 60MinutesOvertime, the first website programmed entirely with originally produced 60 MINUTES content, and has supervised its staff and production since its debut in 2010.

    Owens joined 60 MINUTES’ management staff as senior broadcast producer in 2007 from the CBS EVENING NEWS, where he held the same title. He first joined 60 MINUTES in 2003 and worked with Scott Pelley producing segments that included coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the genocide in Sudan, climate change and a memorable profile of controversial NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski.

    Before that, the Pelley-Owens team produced segments for “60 Minutes II,” highlighted by an hour-long interview with President George W. Bush on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The team also covered the American invasion of Iraq as a unilateral correspondent-producer team on the ground, contributing news-making reports to all CBS News programs.

    In the late 1990s, Owens was the CBS News senior White House producer. Working with Pelley, Bill Plante and Rita Braver, he covered the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and broke major stories in the scandal that ran up to the historic event, in addition to many other Washington stories. Owens was the anchor producer for Paula Zahn and Harry Smith when they anchored CBS THIS MORNING. He was the broadcast’s coordinating producer in New York before that.

    In his first jobs for CBS, Owens served as a national desk assignment editor, field producer and desk assistant for CBS News and for WCBS-TV, the CBS-owned station in New York.

    Owens began his journalism career in 1988 as a page for CBS News working at the national political conventions in Atlanta and New Orleans.

    In addition to the many awards garnered by the 60 MINUTES stories he has shaped and supervised, Owens has received an Emmy Award and an IRE Award and contributed to a RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Overall Excellence Award. Towson University, Owens’ alma mater, awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in May 2012.

    Owens is from Oyster Bay, N.Y. He was graduated from Towson in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications.  He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

    November 2019

    Bill Owens was named executive producer of 60 MINUTES in February of 2019. He assumed the role of heading America’s #1 news program after 12 years of supervising the broadcast’s content in two senior positions. First as senior producer and then the executive editor, Owens had editorial and production input in the creation of nearly a thousand 60 MINUTES segments from conception through screening and broadcast. Before taking his management role at the news magazine, the 30-year veteran of CBS News excelled at every level of responsibility while covering the gamut of international and domestic news events.

    Owens was named to Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Most Powerful Media Leaders in April 2019.

    In 2012, he co-executive produced and launched “60 Minutes Sports,” a monthly sports edition of 60 MINUTES that ran five seasons on SHOWTIME. Owens also launched 60MinutesOvertime, the first website programmed entirely with originally produced 60 MINUTES content, and has supervised its staff and production since its debut in 2010.

    Owens joined 60 MINUTES’ management staff as senior broadcast producer in 2007 from the CBS EVENING NEWS, where he held the same title. He first joined 60 MINUTES in 2003 and worked with Scott Pelley producing segments that included coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the genocide in Sudan, climate change and a memorable profile of controversial NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski.

    Before that, the Pelley-Owens team produced segments for “60 Minutes II,” highlighted by an hour-long interview with President George W. Bush on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The team also covered the American invasion of Iraq as a unilateral correspondent-producer team on the ground, contributing news-making reports to all CBS News programs.

    In the late 1990s, Owens was the CBS News senior White House producer. Working with Pelley, Bill Plante and Rita Braver, he covered the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and broke major stories in the scandal that ran up to the historic event, in addition to many other Washington stories. Owens was the anchor producer for Paula Zahn and Harry Smith when they anchored CBS THIS MORNING. He was the broadcast’s coordinating producer in New York before that.

    In his first jobs for CBS, Owens served as a national desk assignment editor, field producer and desk assistant for CBS News and for WCBS-TV, the CBS-owned station in New York.

    Owens began his journalism career in 1988 as a page for CBS News working at the national political conventions in Atlanta and New Orleans.

    In addition to the many awards garnered by the 60 MINUTES stories he has shaped and supervised, Owens has received an Emmy Award and an IRE Award and contributed to a RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Overall Excellence Award. Towson University, Owens’ alma mater, awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in May 2012.

    Owens is from Oyster Bay, N.Y. He was graduated from Towson in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications.  He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

  • Alvin Patrick

    Executive Producer, Race and Culture Unit

    February 2021

    Award-winning journalist Alvin Patrick is the executive producer for CBS News’ Race and Culture Unit. The CBS News Race and Culture Unit works closely with the executive producers of all platforms to ensure the division’s reporting reflects diverse perspectives.

    Patrick has more than three decades of experience in the broadcast and cable television business. Patrick joined CBS News in 2012 as a senior producer working exclusively with CBS News special correspondent James Brown. He has produced reports for 60 MINUTES, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, “60 Minutes Sports” for Showtime, CBS THIS MORNING, the CBS EVENING NEWS, FACE THE NATION and 48 HOURS. Patrick will continue to work with Brown.

    Before joining CBS News, Patrick was a senior producer for ABC News’ “Nightline” (2009-2011) and was a senior producer for the digital newsmagazine “The Daily” (2011-2012). Earlier, he was executive producer of ESPN’s “Cold Pizza” and “ESPN News” (2005-2009). He served as executive producer and vice president at MTV Networks (2001-2004), and he was a producer on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (1999-2000). He began his broadcast network career at ABC News and ABC Sports (1989-1998).

    Patrick’s work has earned him numerous awards, including six national Emmy nominations, six National Association of Black Journalists awards, a Gabriel Award and a Freddie Award. He also shared two Edward R. Murrow Awards with his colleagues at CBS News.

    He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and a Master of Fine Arts in television production from City University of New York-Brooklyn College.

    February 2021

    Award-winning journalist Alvin Patrick is the executive producer for CBS News’ Race and Culture Unit. The CBS News Race and Culture Unit works closely with the executive producers of all platforms to ensure the division’s reporting reflects diverse perspectives.

    Patrick has more than three decades of experience in the broadcast and cable television business. Patrick joined CBS News in 2012 as a senior producer working exclusively with CBS News special correspondent James Brown. He has produced reports for 60 MINUTES, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, “60 Minutes Sports” for Showtime, CBS THIS MORNING, the CBS EVENING NEWS, FACE THE NATION and 48 HOURS. Patrick will continue to work with Brown.

    Before joining CBS News, Patrick was a senior producer for ABC News’ “Nightline” (2009-2011) and was a senior producer for the digital newsmagazine “The Daily” (2011-2012). Earlier, he was executive producer of ESPN’s “Cold Pizza” and “ESPN News” (2005-2009). He served as executive producer and vice president at MTV Networks (2001-2004), and he was a producer on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (1999-2000). He began his broadcast network career at ABC News and ABC Sports (1989-1998).

    Patrick’s work has earned him numerous awards, including six national Emmy nominations, six National Association of Black Journalists awards, a Gabriel Award and a Freddie Award. He also shared two Edward R. Murrow Awards with his colleagues at CBS News.

    He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and a Master of Fine Arts in television production from City University of New York-Brooklyn College.

  • Alison Pepper

    Senior Vice President for Talent Strategy for CBS News and Network Streaming

    December 2021

    Alison Pepper is senior vice president for talent strategy for CBS News and Network Streaming, where she oversees talent recruitment and development across all platforms. In this role, Pepper works to ensure CBS has the best journalists in front of and behind the camera. She was appointed to the new position in October 2021.

    Pepper has more than two decades of network news experience as both an enterprising network executive and senior producer at CBS News and 60 MINUTES. She was instrumental in helping to launch and run several CBS News broadcasts, and she is known for having an exceptional eye for finding and developing talent as well as creating award-winning production teams.

    Prior to her new position, Pepper was a talent agent at the Creative Artists Agency, where she represented some of the biggest names in the business. Additionally, she worked with those journalists to develop their intellectual property in other areas, including documentaries, podcasts, books and scripted series. Pepper joined CAA in its television department in February 2020.

    Prior to her time at CAA, Pepper spent almost two decades at CBS News, rising to senior producer for 60 MINUTES in 2017. In that role she helped to manage the broadcast, and worked to hire the next generation of reporters both on and off the air. In addition to those responsibilities, Pepper oversaw the development of documentaries from 60 MINUTES and CBS News archives, including the acclaimed documentary “Mike Wallace Is Here,” a co-production with Delirio Films.

    Pepper was senior producer of 60 Minutes Productions from January 2015 to February 2017. In that position, she was tasked with identifying distribution and film opportunities for 60 MINUTES and “60 Minutes Sports,” as well as expanding the 60 MINUTES brand internationally. She was a part of the development team that helped produce the film “Patriots Day,” released by CBS Films in 2016, and “American Jihad,” the corresponding documentary in partnership with Jigsaw Productions, which aired on Showtime. In combination with that role, she continued as senior broadcast manager of both broadcasts. 

    Pepper also helped expand the 60 MINUTES brand to cable with “60 Minutes Sports,” which ran for several seasons on Showtime, and helped create 60 MINUTES’ online presence with 60MinutesOT.

    Pepper joined 60 MINUTES in 2004 as the unit manager, and over the next decade would hold several key positions at the broadcast, including coordinating producer, senior broadcast manager and senior producer.

    Pepper served as CBS News’ executive director of recruitment and development for four years (2011-2015), hiring and promoting a number of rising journalists. She also created the CBS News associates program, a competitive entry-level program designed to identify talented aspiring journalists that has brought in more than 150 new journalists into CBS News.

    Pepper’s career at CBS News began as a page at the “Evening News with Dan Rather” in May 2000. She joined “60 Minutes II” as a broadcast associate the following year.

    Pepper graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science and Spanish.

    December 2021

    Alison Pepper is senior vice president for talent strategy for CBS News and Network Streaming, where she oversees talent recruitment and development across all platforms. In this role, Pepper works to ensure CBS has the best journalists in front of and behind the camera. She was appointed to the new position in October 2021.

    Pepper has more than two decades of network news experience as both an enterprising network executive and senior producer at CBS News and 60 MINUTES. She was instrumental in helping to launch and run several CBS News broadcasts, and she is known for having an exceptional eye for finding and developing talent as well as creating award-winning production teams.

    Prior to her new position, Pepper was a talent agent at the Creative Artists Agency, where she represented some of the biggest names in the business. Additionally, she worked with those journalists to develop their intellectual property in other areas, including documentaries, podcasts, books and scripted series. Pepper joined CAA in its television department in February 2020.

    Prior to her time at CAA, Pepper spent almost two decades at CBS News, rising to senior producer for 60 MINUTES in 2017. In that role she helped to manage the broadcast, and worked to hire the next generation of reporters both on and off the air. In addition to those responsibilities, Pepper oversaw the development of documentaries from 60 MINUTES and CBS News archives, including the acclaimed documentary “Mike Wallace Is Here,” a co-production with Delirio Films.

    Pepper was senior producer of 60 Minutes Productions from January 2015 to February 2017. In that position, she was tasked with identifying distribution and film opportunities for 60 MINUTES and “60 Minutes Sports,” as well as expanding the 60 MINUTES brand internationally. She was a part of the development team that helped produce the film “Patriots Day,” released by CBS Films in 2016, and “American Jihad,” the corresponding documentary in partnership with Jigsaw Productions, which aired on Showtime. In combination with that role, she continued as senior broadcast manager of both broadcasts. 

    Pepper also helped expand the 60 MINUTES brand to cable with “60 Minutes Sports,” which ran for several seasons on Showtime, and helped create 60 MINUTES’ online presence with 60MinutesOT.

    Pepper joined 60 MINUTES in 2004 as the unit manager, and over the next decade would hold several key positions at the broadcast, including coordinating producer, senior broadcast manager and senior producer.

    Pepper served as CBS News’ executive director of recruitment and development for four years (2011-2015), hiring and promoting a number of rising journalists. She also created the CBS News associates program, a competitive entry-level program designed to identify talented aspiring journalists that has brought in more than 150 new journalists into CBS News.

    Pepper’s career at CBS News began as a page at the “Evening News with Dan Rather” in May 2000. She joined “60 Minutes II” as a broadcast associate the following year.

    Pepper graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science and Spanish.

  • David Reiter

    Executive Producer, Special Events, CBS News

    February 2022

    David Reiter was named executive producer, special events, CBS News in February 2022. He oversees breaking news and major global event coverage, including the upcoming State of the Union, CBS News’ midterm elections and election night, across traditional linear and digital platforms. He reports to Neeraj Khemlani, president and co-head of CBS News and Stations.

    Prior to joining CBS News, Reiter spent more than 20 years in senior roles at ABC News.

    At ABC News, Reiter served as executive producer of special events from 2017-2021. He helped launch and was executive producer and head of programming for the network’s digital streaming news service. From 2008-2017, he was vice president and domestic managing editor of newsgathering, which included oversight of presidential campaign coverage and the ABC News polling unit.

    Between 2000 and 2008, Reiter rose through the ranks at ABC News, from a coordinating producer to senior producer of the network’s special events, and he was a senior broadcast producer for “ABC World News Tonight Weekend.” Reiter was based in L.A. from 2000-2003 as acting and deputy bureau chief. And in 2003 he led the ABC News Baghdad bureau during the Iraq War and fall of Saddam Hussein.

    Reiter began his career at ABC News in 1994 as a desk assistant and served as a campaign embed in the 1996 presidential election before moving into producing roles.

    Reiter’s career has earned him 11 Edward R. Murrow Awards, eight Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and a duPont-Columbia University Award.

    He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy studies and economics from Duke University.

    February 2022

    David Reiter was named executive producer, special events, CBS News in February 2022. He oversees breaking news and major global event coverage, including the upcoming State of the Union, CBS News’ midterm elections and election night, across traditional linear and digital platforms. He reports to Neeraj Khemlani, president and co-head of CBS News and Stations.

    Prior to joining CBS News, Reiter spent more than 20 years in senior roles at ABC News.

    At ABC News, Reiter served as executive producer of special events from 2017-2021. He helped launch and was executive producer and head of programming for the network’s digital streaming news service. From 2008-2017, he was vice president and domestic managing editor of newsgathering, which included oversight of presidential campaign coverage and the ABC News polling unit.

    Between 2000 and 2008, Reiter rose through the ranks at ABC News, from a coordinating producer to senior producer of the network’s special events, and he was a senior broadcast producer for “ABC World News Tonight Weekend.” Reiter was based in L.A. from 2000-2003 as acting and deputy bureau chief. And in 2003 he led the ABC News Baghdad bureau during the Iraq War and fall of Saddam Hussein.

    Reiter began his career at ABC News in 1994 as a desk assistant and served as a campaign embed in the 1996 presidential election before moving into producing roles.

    Reiter’s career has earned him 11 Edward R. Murrow Awards, eight Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and a duPont-Columbia University Award.

    He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy studies and economics from Duke University.

  • Jamie Reysen

    Vice President, CBSNews.com and Streaming Growth and Engagement

    Jamie Reysen is the vice president of CBSNews.com and streaming growth and engagement. She began her new role in March 2022.

    Reysen oversees editorial content and production for CBSNews.com in addition to managing the CBS News Streaming growth and engagement team.

    Reysen joined CBS News in 2019. Most recently she served as vice president of growth and engagement, where she developed new strategies to drive record reach for CBS News digital and led a team focused on push notifications, editorial partnerships and YouTube growth initiatives.

    Before CBS News, Reysen spent nearly three years at Fox News, where she rose to director of audience development. While at Fox, Reysen built and managed the breaking/trending news, SEO, homepage and YouTube teams. She also worked cross-departmentally to implement growth strategies for Fox’s digital properties and oversaw off-platform partnerships.

    Previously, Reysen managed amNewYork’s web staff as deputy editor of amNY.com, developing a new voice and direction for the site and launching its elections vertical. While at amNewYork, Reysen collaborated with the print staff to adopt improved breaking news workflows and a digital-first mentality across the team.

    Reysen began her career at News 12 Interactive, where she worked as a digital producer for seven local regions.

    She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Emerson College.

    Jamie Reysen is the vice president of CBSNews.com and streaming growth and engagement. She began her new role in March 2022.

    Reysen oversees editorial content and production for CBSNews.com in addition to managing the CBS News Streaming growth and engagement team.

    Reysen joined CBS News in 2019. Most recently she served as vice president of growth and engagement, where she developed new strategies to drive record reach for CBS News digital and led a team focused on push notifications, editorial partnerships and YouTube growth initiatives.

    Before CBS News, Reysen spent nearly three years at Fox News, where she rose to director of audience development. While at Fox, Reysen built and managed the breaking/trending news, SEO, homepage and YouTube teams. She also worked cross-departmentally to implement growth strategies for Fox’s digital properties and oversaw off-platform partnerships.

    Previously, Reysen managed amNewYork’s web staff as deputy editor of amNY.com, developing a new voice and direction for the site and launching its elections vertical. While at amNewYork, Reysen collaborated with the print staff to adopt improved breaking news workflows and a digital-first mentality across the team.

    Reysen began her career at News 12 Interactive, where she worked as a digital producer for seven local regions.

    She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Emerson College.

  • Christa Robinson

    Executive Vice President of Communications, CBS News and Stations

    December 2019

    Christa Robinson is Executive Vice President of Communications for CBS News. In this role, Robinson oversees CBS News’ day-to-day media relations activities, as well as public affairs and communications strategy. She plays a senior role in directing all the division’s public relations strategies to enhance and expand the presence of its broadcast and digital brands.

    Robinson joined CBS News in December 2015. Previously, she led communications and public relations functions for all CNN networks and digital platforms, in addition to being a member of its worldwide executive team. During her tenure at CNN (1999-2013), she also handled crisis communications, innovative social media integrations and brand awareness campaigns for CNN programming and CNN.com

    Robinson served as Chief Communications Officer for Tribune Media (2013-2015), where she oversaw all corporate communications activities for its television and digital properties during the period of the publishing spin-off and corporate acquisitions.

    Earlier in her career, Robinson worked in the White House (1994-1999) and served as the Director of Communications for the Domestic Policy Council. She began her career in politics and government affairs in 1992.

    Robinson lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

    December 2019

    Christa Robinson is Executive Vice President of Communications for CBS News. In this role, Robinson oversees CBS News’ day-to-day media relations activities, as well as public affairs and communications strategy. She plays a senior role in directing all the division’s public relations strategies to enhance and expand the presence of its broadcast and digital brands.

    Robinson joined CBS News in December 2015. Previously, she led communications and public relations functions for all CNN networks and digital platforms, in addition to being a member of its worldwide executive team. During her tenure at CNN (1999-2013), she also handled crisis communications, innovative social media integrations and brand awareness campaigns for CNN programming and CNN.com

    Robinson served as Chief Communications Officer for Tribune Media (2013-2015), where she oversaw all corporate communications activities for its television and digital properties during the period of the publishing spin-off and corporate acquisitions.

    Earlier in her career, Robinson worked in the White House (1994-1999) and served as the Director of Communications for the Domestic Policy Council. She began her career in politics and government affairs in 1992.

    Robinson lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

  • Shawna Thomas

    Executive Producer, CBS MORNINGS

    September 2021

    Award-winning journalist, producer and program executive Shawna Thomas is the executive producer for CBS News’ CBS MORNINGS.

    She joined CBS News from Quibi, where she served as a content development executive working on short-form news programming from CBS News, NBC News and BBC News for the mobile video platform. Her work has earned her recognition from her peers with four Emmy Awards, a Peabody, a Gracie Award and two Scripps Howard honors.

    Before Quibi, Thomas spent three years at Vice News as the Washington, D.C. bureau chief, overseeing politics and policy coverage for HBO’s nightly newscast “Vice News Tonight.” Thomas was behind the program’s major political stories, including the Emmy-winning episode covering the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings, President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Putin in Helsinki and the 2018 midterm election. Thomas also was a senior producer on “Vice News Tonight’s” “Charlottesville” episode, which earned four Emmy Awards and the Peabody Award.

    Previously, Thomas worked at NBC News for just over a decade. From 2014 to 2016, Thomas was a senior producer at NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” where she oversaw the broadcast’s digital profile and helped remake the show when Chuck Todd took over as moderator.

    Between 2011 and 2014, she traveled the world covering former President Barack Obama for NBC News. Earlier, she was a Capitol Hill producer for the network. During her tenure at NBC News, Thomas was sent on assignments that included political convention coverage, ziplining in Alaska and detainee trials at Guantanamo Bay all while making time to try to get to a karaoke bar if time and scheduling allowed. She began her career at NBC as a news associate in 2006.

    Thomas earned a BA in political communication from the George Washington University and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.

    September 2021

    Award-winning journalist, producer and program executive Shawna Thomas is the executive producer for CBS News’ CBS MORNINGS.

    She joined CBS News from Quibi, where she served as a content development executive working on short-form news programming from CBS News, NBC News and BBC News for the mobile video platform. Her work has earned her recognition from her peers with four Emmy Awards, a Peabody, a Gracie Award and two Scripps Howard honors.

    Before Quibi, Thomas spent three years at Vice News as the Washington, D.C. bureau chief, overseeing politics and policy coverage for HBO’s nightly newscast “Vice News Tonight.” Thomas was behind the program’s major political stories, including the Emmy-winning episode covering the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings, President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Putin in Helsinki and the 2018 midterm election. Thomas also was a senior producer on “Vice News Tonight’s” “Charlottesville” episode, which earned four Emmy Awards and the Peabody Award.

    Previously, Thomas worked at NBC News for just over a decade. From 2014 to 2016, Thomas was a senior producer at NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” where she oversaw the broadcast’s digital profile and helped remake the show when Chuck Todd took over as moderator.

    Between 2011 and 2014, she traveled the world covering former President Barack Obama for NBC News. Earlier, she was a Capitol Hill producer for the network. During her tenure at NBC News, Thomas was sent on assignments that included political convention coverage, ziplining in Alaska and detainee trials at Guantanamo Bay all while making time to try to get to a karaoke bar if time and scheduling allowed. She began her career at NBC as a news associate in 2006.

    Thomas earned a BA in political communication from the George Washington University and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.

  • Judy Tygard

    Executive Producer, 48 HOURS

    December 2019

    Judy Tygard is the executive producer of CBS News’ 48 HOURS, overseeing all aspects of the award-winning crime and justice series that is Saturday’s #1 non-sports broadcast.

    Tygard was named executive producer in April 2019.

    Since 2005, Tygard has served as a senior producer on 48 HOURS. In that role, she created 48 HOURS: “Live to Tell,” a short-run series that features first-person accounts of people who have survived horrific events. “Live to Tell” has earned awards for documenting the challenges facing a victim of sex trafficking and the struggle of a survivor of the 2016 Brussels terror attack.

    Additionally, Tygard has been an integral producer in many of CBS News’ primetime specials, including the upcoming “Meghan and Harry Plus One” and the George Foster Peabody-nominated “39 Days,” a documentary about the student activist movement that followed the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. She was co-executive producer of the “The Gayle King Interview with R. Kelly,” and was key in the specials “Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers” and “Flashpoint,” about the roadside attack in Iraq that killed CBS News cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan.

    Tygard’s work has been recognized with five Emmys, three Alliance for Women in Media Gracie Awards, the Sigma Delta Chi Award, Silver Gavel, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.

    Tygard began her CBS News career as a writer for anchors Bob Schieffer and Morton Dean at the CBS EVENING NEWS weekend editions. She also worked at CBS THIS MORNING as a writer, copy editor, line producer and anchor producer. During her career, Tygard has covered a wide range of economic, political and international stories for CBS News such as the Moscow Summit, unrest in Cuba, Japan’s post-war reckoning, political conventions and the inaugurations of three presidents.

    She joined 48 HOURS in 1989 as a producer. She left for a brief stint at ABC News and later returned to 48 HOURS.

    Throughout her career, Tygard has focused on stories that examine the fairness of the judicial system, and has produced several editions of 48 HOURS centered on cases of the wrongfully accused.

    In 2018 she was part of the team behind “Defending DJ,” a report on an unarmed African-American college student shot to death by police, and the misleading narrative created in the aftermath. In 2016 she led a team that produced “Blaming Melissa,” a 48 HOURS report that uncovered new evidence and cast substantial doubt on the criminal confession of a young woman questioned by police for nine hours.

    Tygard also spent eight years working with the team behind a series of reports on Ryan Ferguson, a Missouri man wrongfully convicted of murder, who later credited the broadcast with helping him gain his freedom. And in 2012, Tygard was the senior producer of “Grave Injustice,” an award-winning 48 HOURS about a man deprived of compensation by the State of Texas after spending 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

    Tygard’s first production for 48 HOURS in 1989, “Women Doing Time,” about women in the criminal justice system, earned an Emmy Award.

    Tygard began her broadcasting career at WNEW-TV in New York, rising to broadcast producer for the station’s 10 PM newscast.

    She graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College.

    December 2019

    Judy Tygard is the executive producer of CBS News’ 48 HOURS, overseeing all aspects of the award-winning crime and justice series that is Saturday’s #1 non-sports broadcast.

    Tygard was named executive producer in April 2019.

    Since 2005, Tygard has served as a senior producer on 48 HOURS. In that role, she created 48 HOURS: “Live to Tell,” a short-run series that features first-person accounts of people who have survived horrific events. “Live to Tell” has earned awards for documenting the challenges facing a victim of sex trafficking and the struggle of a survivor of the 2016 Brussels terror attack.

    Additionally, Tygard has been an integral producer in many of CBS News’ primetime specials, including the upcoming “Meghan and Harry Plus One” and the George Foster Peabody-nominated “39 Days,” a documentary about the student activist movement that followed the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. She was co-executive producer of the “The Gayle King Interview with R. Kelly,” and was key in the specials “Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers” and “Flashpoint,” about the roadside attack in Iraq that killed CBS News cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan.

    Tygard’s work has been recognized with five Emmys, three Alliance for Women in Media Gracie Awards, the Sigma Delta Chi Award, Silver Gavel, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.

    Tygard began her CBS News career as a writer for anchors Bob Schieffer and Morton Dean at the CBS EVENING NEWS weekend editions. She also worked at CBS THIS MORNING as a writer, copy editor, line producer and anchor producer. During her career, Tygard has covered a wide range of economic, political and international stories for CBS News such as the Moscow Summit, unrest in Cuba, Japan’s post-war reckoning, political conventions and the inaugurations of three presidents.

    She joined 48 HOURS in 1989 as a producer. She left for a brief stint at ABC News and later returned to 48 HOURS.

    Throughout her career, Tygard has focused on stories that examine the fairness of the judicial system, and has produced several editions of 48 HOURS centered on cases of the wrongfully accused.

    In 2018 she was part of the team behind “Defending DJ,” a report on an unarmed African-American college student shot to death by police, and the misleading narrative created in the aftermath. In 2016 she led a team that produced “Blaming Melissa,” a 48 HOURS report that uncovered new evidence and cast substantial doubt on the criminal confession of a young woman questioned by police for nine hours.

    Tygard also spent eight years working with the team behind a series of reports on Ryan Ferguson, a Missouri man wrongfully convicted of murder, who later credited the broadcast with helping him gain his freedom. And in 2012, Tygard was the senior producer of “Grave Injustice,” an award-winning 48 HOURS about a man deprived of compensation by the State of Texas after spending 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

    Tygard’s first production for 48 HOURS in 1989, “Women Doing Time,” about women in the criminal justice system, earned an Emmy Award.

    Tygard began her broadcasting career at WNEW-TV in New York, rising to broadcast producer for the station’s 10 PM newscast.

    She graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College.

  • Susan Zirinsky

    President, See It Now Studios

    September 2021

    Susan Zirinsky is the president of See It Now Studios, where she oversees the development, production and distribution of original documentaries and docuseries for Paramount+, CBS, ViacomCBS networks and third-party platforms.

    One of the first projects developed by See It Now Studios is THE 26th STREET GARAGE: THE FBI’S UNTOLD STORY OF 9/11 for Paramount+, which is narrated by Tom Selleck and reveals how in the desperate moments after the 9/11 attacks the FBI was forced to evacuate its New York headquarters, and with no resources transformed a greasy automotive garage into a new command center. Within hours of the attacks, from the 26th Street garage, agents launched the FBI’s most complex and important investigation in U.S. history. In the days that followed, they rewrote the rules for counter-terrorism operations forever. THE 26th STREET GARAGE takes viewers inside this story of ingenuity, teamwork and determination through exclusive interviews with the FBI agents and officials who were there.

    Also from See It Now Studios is RACE AGAINST TIME: THE CIA AND 9/11 for the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+. RACE AGAINST TIME is the gripping account of one of the darkest days in American history, as told from inside the nation’s premier spy agency. Featuring top officials and elite operatives from inside the CIA, the documentary brings the dramatic, exclusive and haunting story of the efforts to warn the nation of a potential catastrophic attack orchestrated by Osama Bin Laden. Sept. 11, 2001 marked the greatest failure in the history of the CIA, but also sparked what became its greatest success – the elimination of the world’s most-wanted terrorist. For these CIA insiders, it was a pursuit that began years before 9/11 and ended long after.

    See It Now Studios will also create spinoffs of CBS News brands, building on the reporting and resources of CBS News, and produce “insta-docs” in the wake of monumental current events in collaboration with Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon, presidents and co-heads of CBS News and Stations.

    Prior to being named president of the See It Now Studios, Zirinsky spent two years as president and senior executive producer of CBS News, becoming the first woman to hold that job in the history of the Network.

    She began her career in the CBS News Washington bureau two weeks after the Watergate break-in, and during her career has earned virtually every major broadcast journalism award and accolade.

    Over four decades with CBS News, she has produced a wide variety of award-winning documentaries and programs, and has covered a range of historic stories, from the Gulf War to the student uprising in Tiananmen Square, from the White House for 10 years to the 9/11 attacks, and from the Paris terrorist attacks to the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla. School.

    As president of CBS News, Zirinsky oversaw an overhaul of the news division, including launching the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL and moving the broadcast to Washington, D.C., where it is the only broadcast network nightly newscast to be based in the nation’s capital. In 2019 she re-imagined the “CBS This Morning” anchor team with co-hosts Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil and worked to grow CBS News’ multiplatform presence. She also named new executive leadership and several new executive producers of several flagship programs, including 60 MINUTES, “CBS This Morning” (now CBS MORNINGS), CBS EVENING NEWS, 48 HOURS, and a newly created CBS NEWS SPECIAL EVENTS unit.

    Zirinsky has extensive experience leading teams of investigative journalists, building and developing new non-fiction programs; creating innovative ways to report news; and mentoring and guiding the careers of some of the industry’s brightest journalists.

    Prior to becoming president and senior executive producer of CBS News, Zirinsky was the senior executive producer of the award-winning 48 HOURS and was responsible for numerous CBS News breaking news specials. She was also the senior executive producer of 48 HOURS: NCIS and the senior executive producer of the CBS primetime series WHISTLEBLOWER.

    A prolific producer on a variety of issues and subjects, her work has been lauded by critics and honored by her peers with journalism’s top honors, including Emmys, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.

    She has executive produced many highly praised and compelling news documentaries, including “The Spymasters – CIA in the Crosshairs” for SHOWTIME in 2015, co-produced with filmmakers Gideon and Jules Naudet and Chris Whipple, featuring, for the first time, interviews with all 12 living former and current heads of the CIA, appearing in one program. In 2004, also for SHOWTIME, she executive produced “Three Days in September,” which told the story of a school taken hostage in Beslan, Russia. Narrated by Julia Roberts, that documentary was also featured in the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition, in 2002, she co-executive produced with the Naudets and firefighter James Hanlon “9/11,” the most comprehensive account of the tragedy. Hosted by Robert De Niro, more than 39 million people watched this Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentary.

    Zirinsky executive produced the 2013 CBS News documentary series “Brooklyn DA,” a candid look behind the scenes at investigators pursuing crime and punishment.

    Additionally, Zirinsky is a successful producer of CBS breaking news specials. Those projects include the March 2018 documentary “39 Days,” which followed the group of students who banded together after the Parkland, Fla mass shooting, co-executive produced by Judy Tygard. She has also produced breaking news specials on the royal wedding in 2018; the inauguration of President Donald Trump in 2017; the Dallas police shootings in 2016; the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015; the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013; the mass shooting in an Aurora, Co. theater in 2012; and the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting also in 2012. She’s produced specials following the deaths of Mary Tyler Moore in 2017, Muhammad Ali in 2016 and Nelson Mandela in 2013. In 2009 Zirinsky executive produced “Ted Kennedy: The Last Brother” and “That’s the Way It Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite.”

    She also produced the documentary series “The Injustice Files” for ID Discovery and the CBS News documentaries “The Lord’s Bootcamp,” “In God’s Name” and “Flashpoint.” She executive produced “David Letterman: A Life on Television” in 2015; “Vanity Fair’s Hollywood” in 2013; “The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family,” a 2013 documentary about the GRAMMYs and the night Whitney Houston died; and “Fashion’s Night Out” with Vogue editor Anna Wintour in 2010.

    Zirinsky got her start at CBS News at a critical time in the nation’s history. Beginning as a part-time desk assistant in the CBS Washington Bureau in 1972 while attending college at American University, she was surrounded by the legendary CBS News reporting team led by Walter Cronkite that dominated Watergate coverage on television. In October 1973, she was alone in the Washington newsroom one night when word broke that President Richard Nixon had fired his attorney general, the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre.” She found herself at the center of a huge story.

    Continually growing within the division, Zirinsky became an associate producer for “The CBS Morning News” and then a producer on “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” In that role, she became a White House producer and spent a decade covering the Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan presidencies. She traveled with them throughout the world where she produced reports with Lesley Stahl, Ed Bradley, Bob Simon, Bob Schieffer and Bill Plante for various broadcasts. She was promoted in 1987 to senior producer for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” in Washington.

    In 1984, while covering the Democratic National Convention, Academy Award-winning producer James L. Brooks interviewed her about her job. As a result, while still working at CBS News, Zirinsky became the technical advisor/associate producer for Brooks’ film “Broadcast News,” starring Holly Hunter as a Washington network news producer.

    In 1989 Zirinsky was assigned to Beijing, China to run CBS News coverage of what was to be the first visit of a Russian President to China in 30 years. What it became was the student uprising in Tiananmen Square. CBS News broadcast the demonstrations and violence live from Beijing exclusively for several days until the Chinese government ordered the satellite transmitter shutdown. She was then sent to Panama as producer-in-charge as the U.S. invasion of that country occurred. A few months later she was dispatched to cover Operation Desert Storm, which was launched by the U.S. military and its allies following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. Ever the fierce competitor, she maneuvered the first network team to arrive with the allied forces when they took Kuwait back from Iraqi soldiers.

    In 1990 she moved from Washington to New York as senior producer of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” and became the senior broadcast producer. In 1992 she was director of CBS News political coverage, and then executive producer of CBS News “Campaign ‘96.” During that period, she was also CBS News’ senior producer at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, where she oversaw the CBS News and Sports news desk for the Network. She served as executive producer of the CBS News magazine “Eye to Eye with Connie Chung” in 1994.

    Zirinsky graduated cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C. The AU School of Communication honored her with the Dean’s Award in 2018.

    September 2021

    Susan Zirinsky is the president of See It Now Studios, where she oversees the development, production and distribution of original documentaries and docuseries for Paramount+, CBS, ViacomCBS networks and third-party platforms.

    One of the first projects developed by See It Now Studios is THE 26th STREET GARAGE: THE FBI’S UNTOLD STORY OF 9/11 for Paramount+, which is narrated by Tom Selleck and reveals how in the desperate moments after the 9/11 attacks the FBI was forced to evacuate its New York headquarters, and with no resources transformed a greasy automotive garage into a new command center. Within hours of the attacks, from the 26th Street garage, agents launched the FBI’s most complex and important investigation in U.S. history. In the days that followed, they rewrote the rules for counter-terrorism operations forever. THE 26th STREET GARAGE takes viewers inside this story of ingenuity, teamwork and determination through exclusive interviews with the FBI agents and officials who were there.

    Also from See It Now Studios is RACE AGAINST TIME: THE CIA AND 9/11 for the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+. RACE AGAINST TIME is the gripping account of one of the darkest days in American history, as told from inside the nation’s premier spy agency. Featuring top officials and elite operatives from inside the CIA, the documentary brings the dramatic, exclusive and haunting story of the efforts to warn the nation of a potential catastrophic attack orchestrated by Osama Bin Laden. Sept. 11, 2001 marked the greatest failure in the history of the CIA, but also sparked what became its greatest success – the elimination of the world’s most-wanted terrorist. For these CIA insiders, it was a pursuit that began years before 9/11 and ended long after.

    See It Now Studios will also create spinoffs of CBS News brands, building on the reporting and resources of CBS News, and produce “insta-docs” in the wake of monumental current events in collaboration with Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon, presidents and co-heads of CBS News and Stations.

    Prior to being named president of the See It Now Studios, Zirinsky spent two years as president and senior executive producer of CBS News, becoming the first woman to hold that job in the history of the Network.

    She began her career in the CBS News Washington bureau two weeks after the Watergate break-in, and during her career has earned virtually every major broadcast journalism award and accolade.

    Over four decades with CBS News, she has produced a wide variety of award-winning documentaries and programs, and has covered a range of historic stories, from the Gulf War to the student uprising in Tiananmen Square, from the White House for 10 years to the 9/11 attacks, and from the Paris terrorist attacks to the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla. School.

    As president of CBS News, Zirinsky oversaw an overhaul of the news division, including launching the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL and moving the broadcast to Washington, D.C., where it is the only broadcast network nightly newscast to be based in the nation’s capital. In 2019 she re-imagined the “CBS This Morning” anchor team with co-hosts Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil and worked to grow CBS News’ multiplatform presence. She also named new executive leadership and several new executive producers of several flagship programs, including 60 MINUTES, “CBS This Morning” (now CBS MORNINGS), CBS EVENING NEWS, 48 HOURS, and a newly created CBS NEWS SPECIAL EVENTS unit.

    Zirinsky has extensive experience leading teams of investigative journalists, building and developing new non-fiction programs; creating innovative ways to report news; and mentoring and guiding the careers of some of the industry’s brightest journalists.

    Prior to becoming president and senior executive producer of CBS News, Zirinsky was the senior executive producer of the award-winning 48 HOURS and was responsible for numerous CBS News breaking news specials. She was also the senior executive producer of 48 HOURS: NCIS and the senior executive producer of the CBS primetime series WHISTLEBLOWER.

    A prolific producer on a variety of issues and subjects, her work has been lauded by critics and honored by her peers with journalism’s top honors, including Emmys, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.

    She has executive produced many highly praised and compelling news documentaries, including “The Spymasters – CIA in the Crosshairs” for SHOWTIME in 2015, co-produced with filmmakers Gideon and Jules Naudet and Chris Whipple, featuring, for the first time, interviews with all 12 living former and current heads of the CIA, appearing in one program. In 2004, also for SHOWTIME, she executive produced “Three Days in September,” which told the story of a school taken hostage in Beslan, Russia. Narrated by Julia Roberts, that documentary was also featured in the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition, in 2002, she co-executive produced with the Naudets and firefighter James Hanlon “9/11,” the most comprehensive account of the tragedy. Hosted by Robert De Niro, more than 39 million people watched this Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentary.

    Zirinsky executive produced the 2013 CBS News documentary series “Brooklyn DA,” a candid look behind the scenes at investigators pursuing crime and punishment.

    Additionally, Zirinsky is a successful producer of CBS breaking news specials. Those projects include the March 2018 documentary “39 Days,” which followed the group of students who banded together after the Parkland, Fla mass shooting, co-executive produced by Judy Tygard. She has also produced breaking news specials on the royal wedding in 2018; the inauguration of President Donald Trump in 2017; the Dallas police shootings in 2016; the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015; the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013; the mass shooting in an Aurora, Co. theater in 2012; and the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting also in 2012. She’s produced specials following the deaths of Mary Tyler Moore in 2017, Muhammad Ali in 2016 and Nelson Mandela in 2013. In 2009 Zirinsky executive produced “Ted Kennedy: The Last Brother” and “That’s the Way It Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite.”

    She also produced the documentary series “The Injustice Files” for ID Discovery and the CBS News documentaries “The Lord’s Bootcamp,” “In God’s Name” and “Flashpoint.” She executive produced “David Letterman: A Life on Television” in 2015; “Vanity Fair’s Hollywood” in 2013; “The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family,” a 2013 documentary about the GRAMMYs and the night Whitney Houston died; and “Fashion’s Night Out” with Vogue editor Anna Wintour in 2010.

    Zirinsky got her start at CBS News at a critical time in the nation’s history. Beginning as a part-time desk assistant in the CBS Washington Bureau in 1972 while attending college at American University, she was surrounded by the legendary CBS News reporting team led by Walter Cronkite that dominated Watergate coverage on television. In October 1973, she was alone in the Washington newsroom one night when word broke that President Richard Nixon had fired his attorney general, the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre.” She found herself at the center of a huge story.

    Continually growing within the division, Zirinsky became an associate producer for “The CBS Morning News” and then a producer on “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” In that role, she became a White House producer and spent a decade covering the Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan presidencies. She traveled with them throughout the world where she produced reports with Lesley Stahl, Ed Bradley, Bob Simon, Bob Schieffer and Bill Plante for various broadcasts. She was promoted in 1987 to senior producer for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” in Washington.

    In 1984, while covering the Democratic National Convention, Academy Award-winning producer James L. Brooks interviewed her about her job. As a result, while still working at CBS News, Zirinsky became the technical advisor/associate producer for Brooks’ film “Broadcast News,” starring Holly Hunter as a Washington network news producer.

    In 1989 Zirinsky was assigned to Beijing, China to run CBS News coverage of what was to be the first visit of a Russian President to China in 30 years. What it became was the student uprising in Tiananmen Square. CBS News broadcast the demonstrations and violence live from Beijing exclusively for several days until the Chinese government ordered the satellite transmitter shutdown. She was then sent to Panama as producer-in-charge as the U.S. invasion of that country occurred. A few months later she was dispatched to cover Operation Desert Storm, which was launched by the U.S. military and its allies following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. Ever the fierce competitor, she maneuvered the first network team to arrive with the allied forces when they took Kuwait back from Iraqi soldiers.

    In 1990 she moved from Washington to New York as senior producer of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” and became the senior broadcast producer. In 1992 she was director of CBS News political coverage, and then executive producer of CBS News “Campaign ‘96.” During that period, she was also CBS News’ senior producer at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, where she oversaw the CBS News and Sports news desk for the Network. She served as executive producer of the CBS News magazine “Eye to Eye with Connie Chung” in 1994.

    Zirinsky graduated cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C. The AU School of Communication honored her with the Dean’s Award in 2018.

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