Shawna Thomas has been chosen to be the executive producer of “CBS This Morning,” with her first day set for February 1.
Most recently the content development executive for “Quibi,” Thomas’ impressive career includes serving as the Wash., D.C., bureau chief at “Vice News,” specifically overseeing politics and policy coverage for “Vice News Tonight.”
She was also a senior producer for “Meet the Press” during her 10-year tenure at NBC News. Thomas earned a BA in political communication from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.
“When CBS News decided to bring the news back to the mornings many years ago, I took note and cheered them on for not trying to just copy the other network morning shows,” Thomas was quoted as saying in the official statement about her appointment.
“I am excited to join a show that is determined to inform the audience without pandering to them and use those precious two hours, as well as unlimited time online, to expand the creative storytelling that the journalists of CBS News are already famous for,” she said.
“Shawna Thomas is one of the top news minds in our field…she’s a hands-on storyteller, accomplished journalist and an inspiring leader,” said Susan Zirinsky, president and senior executive producer of CBS News, in a statement.
Zirinsky also praised Thomas for having “consistently embraced new ways and platforms to deliver high-quality journalism to audiences everywhere. She has the passion and experience to take ‘CBS This Morning’ to the next level during these transformational times.”
The program features Gayle King, Oprah Winfrey’s friend, and Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil. Thomas hopes to burnish the reputation the program has as a more hard-hitting version morning news shows.
“I am excited to join a show that is determined to inform the audience without pandering to them and use those precious two hours, as well as unlimited time online, to expand the creative storytelling that the journalists of CBS News are already famous for,” said Thomas, in a statement. Thomas is 39 years old and married to Robert Fox.
The Grio and Variety magazine are the sources for this report.