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Kimberly Godwin

1963 - Today

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Kimberly Godwin is an American television executive and journalist. In April 2021, Godwin was named president of ABC News, becoming the first ever Black woman to lead a major American broadcast news network. In 1984, Godwin graduated from Florida A&M University (FAMU) with a degree in broadcast journalism. Godwin began her 35-year career running local newsrooms in top U.S. markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia and Cleveland. She also has served as an adjunct professor and interim director of journalism at her alma mater, which is the first historically Black university to have an accredited journalism program. Godwin joined CBS News in 2007. While with the network, she served as senior broadcast producer of CBS Evening News, executive director for development and diversity, and executive vice president of News. During her time at CBS, Godwin reportedly indicated she was interested in overseeing the company's news division in discussions with to executives at Viacom CBS. Variety reported that CEO George Cheeks' opposition to promoting her to oversee the news division ultimately led her to be released from her contract. In April 2021, Godwin was named president of ABC News, succeeding James Goldston, who had announced his resignation in January. On May 5, 2024, Godwin announced her intention to resign from the network. Godwin has won six National News and Documentary Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award, and the National Association of Black Journalists' Ida B. Wells Award.

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