ABC News President Kim Godwin has a new deputy.
The network news division is named executive editor Stacia Philips Deshishku and senior vp, essentially the number two editorial role, overseeing the “cross-platform editorial direction, strategy and creativity in the series” news department,” according to an email to employees Wednesday from Godwin. She will also work with top producers at Good Morning America, Night and World Newsas well as with booking and integration content strategy teams.
Deshishku was most recently vice president and GM of ABC News Audio, the news division’s audio press, and before that she was deputy head of the Washington DC office. Before joining ABC News, she held a number of roles at CNN, including station director and political station manager.
“Those of you who have had the opportunity to work with Stacia know her as a trusted mentor who provides wise guidance to our teams,” Godwin wrote in his note. . “I look forward to working closely with her as we continue to deliver unprecedented reporting and create an exciting and innovative future.”
Read Godwin’s full memo, below.
Good morning ABC News—
I’m excited to share with you that Stacia Philips Deshishku has been promoted to new executive editor and senior vice president positions starting today. Stacia will be based in New York.
In her new role, Stacia will lead cross-platform editorial, strategic and creative direction within the news department. Stacia will also collaborate with the leaders of “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “The View,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” “20/20,” “Tamron Hall,” and “Nightline,” as well as integrated booking and content strategy to lead the continued growth of ABC News and remain the #1 news network.
Stacia stepped into this role after leading our ABC Audio team for nearly three years as vice president and general manager. At Audio, Stacia’s leadership and journalism skills helped rebrand ABC Radio as ABC Audio within six months of her appointment. She has spearheaded new business opportunities, including developing an award-winning podcast library and designing a digital audio, text, and video business suite. During his tenure, ABC Audio won five Edward R. Murrow Breakthrough Awards in 2021, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Continuity of Reporting, News Series and Reporting investigate. Radio Ink magazine also named Stacia one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio” for both 2020 and 2021.
Before Audio, Stacia was ABC News Washington DC deputy chief of staff for five years. She helped transform the office and positioned it to successfully tackle a relentless cycle of political news.
Prior to joining ABC, Stacia reported on some of the biggest stories nationally and internationally while taking on the role of CNN director. She was a political coverage manager during the 2000 election and later led CNN’s White House unit. She also spent years leading CNN breaking news, including the Peabody Award-winning Hurricane Katrina coverage.
Anyone who has had the opportunity to work with Stacia knows she is a trusted mentor who provides wise guidance to our teams. I look forward to working closely with her as we continue to deliver unmatched reporting and create an exciting and innovative future.
The role of a new CEO leading the Audio Division will be announced soon. Meanwhile, the team is in the very capable hands of the heads Scott Goldberg, Heidi Oringer and Liz Alesse.
Join me in congratulating Stacia on her exciting new role.