Kimberly Godwin was named vice president of news at CBS News. She will continue to serve in her current role as executive director for development and diversity, a role in which she is responsible for the editorial direction, launch and coordination of all CBS News news gathering resources domestically and around the globe.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for me at an extraordinary time in history,” said Godwin. “I’m really looking forward to building upon the traditions and standards of CBS News to make a difference. I truly hope to open more doors and help careers to flourish.”
A graduate of Florida A&M University (FAMU), where she is currently chair of the board of Visitors of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, Godwin’s career highlights include acting news director and assistant news director at WCBS-TV in New York; vice president and news director at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles; vice president of news operations for NBC Television Stations; vice president and news director at KXAS-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth; news director at WOIO/WUAB in Cleveland; assistant news director and senior news producer at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia; executive producer at WNBC-TV in New York; and producer at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh.
Godwin has also served as interim director for journalism and an adjunct faculty member at FAMU and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
“This is big news for the industry and NABJ,” said Dorothy Tucker, NABJ vice president of broadcast. “Aspiring journalists in J-Schools around the country will see what can happen when you get a good education, work hard and strive for excellence. This is also an example of when those efforts are recognized and rewarded. We all share in Kimberly’s success.”