CBS News has elevated alumna and veteran journalist and producer Kimberly Godwin to vice president of News.
In her new position, Godwin will be responsible for the editorial direction, launch and coordination of all CBS News newsgathering resources domestically and around the globe. She will also continue her role as executive director for Development and Diversity, where she has enhanced CBS News’ profile at conferences around the country and cultivated a strong pipeline of potential employees. She has also developed a lecture series that features top CBS News journalists sharing their reporting experiences with colleagues.
“Kim is a proven editorial leader from her years at the CBS EVENING NEWS and throughout the organization, where she has led the charge in our inclusion and development efforts,” said David Rhodes, president of CBS News.
Godwin has been serving as senior broadcast producer of the CBS EVENING NEWS since 2014 and is the executive director for Development and Diversity. An accomplished newsroom leader and executive, Godwin has helped shape the network’s flagship evening broadcast and the network’s coverage of major national and international events. Godwin was named a senior producer on the broadcast in 2007 and played a key role in developing the CBS EVENING NEWS’ day-to-day and long-term coverage of major news events. She was a key part of the team covering the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, the Boston Marathon Bombing, the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, Hurricane Matthew, the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy, the eclipse and the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Before joining CBS News in 2007, Godwin spent more than 20 years as a manager and newsroom leader at some of the top local stations in the United States. She was the Acting News Director and Assistant News Director at WCBS-TV in New York City (2005-2007); Vice President and News Director at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles (2001-2003); Vice President of News Operations for NBC Television Stations (2001); and Vice President and News Director at KXAS-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth (1998-2001). Godwin was also News Director at WOIO/WUAB in Cleveland (1996-1998) and Assistant News Director at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia (1994-1996), and before that, Senior News Producer at WCAU-TV (1991-1993); Executive Producer at WNBC-TV in New York City (1993-1994); and Producer at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh (1991).
In addition to being a veteran of network and local news, Godwin has spent time as a journalism educator. She was the interim director for journalism at the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University (2004-2005) and an adjunct faculty member (2003-2004) teaching newswriting, reporting and ethics. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Visitors of the journalism school at FAMU.
“Kim Godwin’s promotion to VP of CBS News is a testament to the impact of her contributions, leadership, and dedication to the news industry,” said Interim Dean of Journalism & Graphic Communication Dhyana Ziegler. “She is indeed a veteran in the news business and so deserving of this honor. The SJGC is proud and thrilled for our alumna and chair of the Board of Visitors on this major accomplishment.”
Godwin is the recipient of many distinguished awards, including six Emmys; two Edward R. Murrow Awards; an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award; and a Sigma Delta Chi Award. She is the former chair of the Board of Managers of the North Brooklyn YMCA and member of the Board of Managers of the YMCA of New York City. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Courtesy of CBS News