Thursday, December 11, 2014

FAMU alumna named senior broadcast producer of CBS Evening News

FAMU alumna Kimberly Godwin, who is also a former member of the university’s faculty, has been named Senior Broadcast Producer of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.

In this role, Godwin will report to Steve Capus, Executive Producer of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and Executive Editor of CBS News.

“Kim is an accomplished executive and proven leader who has performed brilliantly at the CBS Evening News for seven years and has successfully run many newsrooms across the country,” Capus said. “Kim is principled, dedicated and respected. She has helped shape some of the most important broadcasts of the CBS Evening News. I am delighted to have her as a partner as we continue to evolve the broadcast.”

“The CBS Evening News is my professional home. I am honored to work alongside Steve, Scott and the team of dedicated journalists who are focused on continuing to strengthen the broadcast,” Godwin said. “We have made enormous strides together, and I look forward to many more years of growth and achievement.”

The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley has gained significantly in viewers over the past three years. Godwin has served as a Senior Producer of the CBS Evening News since 2007, where she played a key role in developing the broadcast’s day-to-day and long-term coverage of major news events, including the Newtown tragedy, Boston bombings, the 2012 presidential election and the launch of the final shuttle mission from the Kennedy Space Center.

Before joining CBS News, 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 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).

Godwin began her career as an executive producer, producer, investigative reporter and news writer at television and radio stations in West Palm Beach and Tallahassee, Fla.

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 FAMU (2004-2005) and an adjunct faculty member (2003-2004), where she taught newswriting, reporting and ethics.

Godwin is the recipient of many distinguished awards, including four Emmys; two Edward R. Murrow awards; an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia award; and a Sigma Delta Chi award.

She is the chair of the Board of Managers of the North Brooklyn YMCA. She is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Godwin graduated from FAMU with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She lives in New York City and in the Poconos, Pa., with her two daughters.

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