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Kimberly Godwin becomes first Black woman to run major news network

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Kimberly Godwin Credit: Heidi Gutman / ABC

Veteran CBS News executive Kimberly Godwin has been named to head ABC News. She will be the first Black executive to run a major U.S. broadcast news division, reports USA Today.

In February, Rashida Jones became the first Black woman to run a major cable news division as president of MSNBC.

Godwin will take over in May from James Goldston. At CBS, she was second in command to division president Susan Zirinsky.

The announcement was made by Walt Disney Chairman of General Entertainment Content Peter Rice, who called Godwin “an instinctive and admired executive whose unique experiences, strengths and strategic vision made her the ideal choice.”

Godwin will oversee editorial and business operations for broadcast, digital, streaming and audio news across the news organization including “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” “20/20,” “Nightline” and “The View.”

“I have immense respect and admiration for ABC News,” Godwin said in a statement. “As the most trusted brand in news, they are to be commended for the extraordinary work and dedication of the journalists, producers, executives and their teams across the organization. I am honored to take on this stewardship and excited for what we will achieve together