She previously worked on “CBS Evening News”; served as the executive director of news media development and diversity; and oversaw departments such as news standards and ethics and CBS audio services.
As the president of ABC News, she will be responsible for overseeing the “Good Morning America”
Rice said in an internal memo on Wednesday: “Kim is an instinctive and admirable executive. Her unique experience, strengths and strategic vision make her an ideal choice to lead an excellent team of ABC News and achieve incredible success. .”
Godwin said in a statement that she “has great respect and admiration for ABC News.”
It is unusual to see that the broadcast news department recruits candidates for the highest positions from outside. But this happened when there was a turnover in the entire press.
Zirinsky is a senior producer who became the first woman to lead CBS News two years ago and is expected to produce shows for CBS and ViacomCBS outlets.
News operations are under internal and external pressure to make their discussions about valuing diversity through action echo it.
In ABC News, every previous president is white. When Goldston announced his departure plan, industry insiders expected that Disney would look for people of color as a priority for finding his replacement.
Rice said in the memo: “King is a recognized leader who is committed to creating a newsroom culture of excellence, respect and dignity. Her mission and integrity in the press and her passion for diversity and equality have left me. She was particularly impressed. Inclusiveness has always been the hallmark of her career and she won the prestigious Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists in November last year.”
When nominating her, LaCrai Mitchell, a CBS News reporter, said of Godwin: “The higher she ranks, the more young reporters of color she brings. Because she knows that the real victory does not lie in her summit, how many people can she bring to her summit? These people have different backgrounds, life experiences and stories.”