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ABC News: Ben Sherwood

 Here's the press release announcing the new president of ABC News, Ben Sherwood. For my analysis, see the next post...

After an extensive search, award-winning journalist, bestselling author and
Internet entrepreneur Ben Sherwood has been named the new President of ABC News,
it was announced today by Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and
President, Disney/ABC Television Group, to whom he will report. In this position,
Mr. Sherwood will be responsible for all editorial and business aspects of the
News Division, including all ABC News programs on the ABC Television Network, ABC
News Radio, ABC and ABC News NOW.


In making the announcement, Ms. Sweeney stated, "Ben combines an intimate

knowledge and success in the news business with a creative flair and

entrepreneurial spirit that are second-to-none. While at ABC News, he delivered

GMA's two most successful seasons in history, and guided prize-winning coverage of

some of the biggest stories of the day. Since then, he's become a best-selling

author whose work has been adapted into feature films, and a digital media

entrepreneur. This success, combined with a keen intellect and a truly gracious

and generous spirit, make Ben the ideal person to lead our News efforts into the



Mr. Sherwood began his lifelong fascination with journalism while still in college

through internships at KCET public television in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles

Times Washington Bureau, and the CBS Evening News. In 1984-1985, during a year off

from college, Sherwood worked for The News and Observer in Raleigh, North

Carolina; the Los Angeles Times Paris bureau and the United Nations Border Relief

Operation in Aranyaprathet, Thailand.


Mr. Sherwood started his journalistic career in earnest when he joined ABC News in

1989, serving as an investigative associate producer and producer for ABC News'

PrimeTime (then called PrimeTime Live) with hosts Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson.

During that time, he was part of an ABC News team that came under sniper fire in

Sarajevo, Bosnia in August 1992, and his investigative reports explored flaws in

the secretive B-2 stealth bomber program; the dangers of unlicensed mental health

practitioners; and the unheralded risks of an overprescribed heart medication.


In 1997, Mr. Sherwood joined NBC's Nightly News with Tom Brokaw as broadcast

producer responsible for "In Depth" reports, then senior producer, and ultimately

senior broadcast producer, where he helped guide coverage of the September 11th

attacks, the impeachment of President Clinton and the Florida election debacle of



After a short sabbatical undertaken for personal reasons, Mr. Sherwood returned to

ABC News in April 2004 as executive producer of the network's award-winning

morning program, Good Morning America.


During his tenure with the network, Mr. Sherwood guided GMA to its two most

successful seasons in its history, while overseeing prize-winning coverage of the

tsunami in Southeast Asia, the devastation of hurricane Katrina, and the

presidential election of 2004.


Over the years, Mr. Sherwood's journalism and non-fiction essays have been

published in many respected publications including The New York Times, The Los

Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, New Republic, Washington Monthly,

Parade and O magazine.


Ben Sherwood is also the author of two critically acclaimed best-selling novels:

The Man Who Ate the 747 (2000) and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (2004).

His fiction has been published around the world in 15 languages. In 1996, he

published his first novel, Red Mercury, a techno-thriller, under the pseudonym Max



In July 2010, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud was adapted as a feature

film starring Zac Efron that was released by Universal Pictures under the title

"Charlie St. Cloud." The Man Who Ate the 747 is also being developed as a major

motion picture and Broadway musical.


Mr. Sherwood's latest book, The Survivors Club, is a non-fiction exploration of

the science and secrets of who bounces back from everyday adversity and who

doesn't; who beats life-threatening disease and who succumbs; and who triumphs

after economic hardship and who surrenders. The book became an instant New York

Times bestseller and has been featured widely in print and on television.


In January 2009, Mr. Sherwood founded, an online resource

center and support network for people surviving and thriving in the face of all

kinds of adversity. In September 2010, The Survivors Club relaunched in

partnership with Hearst Digital Media, significantly expanding its reach and



A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College in 1986, Mr. Sherwood earned an AB

degree in American government and history. From 1986 to 1989, as a Rhodes Scholar

at Magdalen College, Oxford, he earned masters degrees in British imperial history

and development economics.


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