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SJGC Alum Kimberly Godwin Named ABC News President

By Sterling Bright
April 16, 2021

Kim GodwinKimberly Godwin, an alumna of Florida A&M University and the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication has been named ABC News President.

Since 2017 Godwin has been executive vice presidents of news at CBS. Apart of her new role Godwin will oversee the editorial and business operations for broadcast, digital content, and streaming services. Apart of those duties will have her working with some of CBS’ most iconic shows including “Nightline”, “The View”, and “Good Morning America”. Godwin will take the helm at ABC news in May of 2021 making her one of the most important and powerful African-American women not only at CBS but in the Journalism industry.

“I have immense respect and admiration for ABC News,” Godwin said. “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.”   

Godwin has been in the role of executive vice president since 2017 which gave her the responsibility and oversight of newsgathering over CBS’ national and foreign desks.

Since joining CBS Godwin has been a premiere example of excellence while also for the inclusion of African Americans. In 2020 Godwin helped develop the CBS News Race and Culture Unit as well as CBS Village. The purpose of these franchises was to highlight media about various and diverse groups.

“Kim is an instinctive and admired executive whose unique experiences, strengths and strategic vision made her the ideal choice to lead the outstanding team at ABC News and build on their incredible success,” said Disney General Entertainment Content Chairman Peter Rice, Godwin’s new boss. “Throughout Kim’s career in global news organizations and local newsrooms, she has distinguished herself as a fierce advocate for excellence, collaboration, inclusion and the vital role of accurate and transparent news reporting.”  

She has continued to advocate for minorities which allowed her to be recognized in November of 2020 by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern with the Ida B. Wells award. She was given the honor for her work in advocating for coverage in communities of color while creating great young journalist and creating a diverse and inclusive newsroom.

Before joining CBS and taking her talents to the national stage Godwin spent time as a journalism educator at her alma mater, SJGC. From 2004-2005 Godwin served as interim Director of Journalism. Prior to that she taught news writing and reporting as well as ethics while a professor at SJGC in 2004.  Godwin is a 1984 Graduate of FAMU and currently serves as the chair of the SJGC Board of Visitors.

“She raised funding for our journalism programs and motivated other alumni to do the same,” Grable said. “Most importantly, Kim focused on helping students access and garner internships and jobs with some of the most respected award-winning global media corporations.”