Godwin, who was poached from her position as executive vice president of CBS News, will become the first Black woman to lead a broadcast network’s news division.
“I have immense respect and admiration for ABC News,” she said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”
She will report to Walt Disney Chairman of General Entertainment Content Peter Rice, who issued his own statement Wednesday, calling her “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.”