Ben Sherwood to Succeed Anne Sweeney as Disney/ABC Television President

ABC NEWS - Ben Sherwood (pictured), President, ABC News. (ABC/ Ida Mae Astute)

In October 2011, ABC News launched a ground-breaking partnership with Yahoo! to create the #1 news and information network online, reaching nearly 100 million people and serving up to half a billion videos a month. The online network has been on top for the past 25 months and counting.

ABC News reached an historic milestone in 2012 when “Good Morning America” snapped NBC’s 16-year winning streak in the mornings to become America’s #1 morning program, a title the show still holds today.

In 2013, ABC News and Univision launched Fusion, a joint news and lifestyle network to serve and empower U.S. Hispanics, the youngest and fastest growing demographic in America.

In addition, during Mr. Sherwood’s tenure, the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry, including George Polk, George Foster Peabody, News and Documentary Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, Overseas Press Club, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

Mr. Sherwood launched his journalistic career when he joined ABC News in 1989, serving as an investigative associate producer and producer for ABC News’ “PrimeTime Live” with anchors Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. 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.

Mr. Sherwood returned to ABC News in April 2004 as executive producer of the network’s award-winning morning program, “Good Morning America.” Mr. Sherwood guided “GMA” to ratings success, attracting new viewers while overseeing prize-winning coverage of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the presidential election of 2004.

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), Mr. Sherwood’s fiction has been published around the world in more than 15 languages.  In addition, 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.

In July 2010, “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud” was adapted as a feature film starring Zac Efron and released by Universal Pictures under the title “Charlie St. Cloud.”

Mr. Sherwood’s latest bestseller, “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, featured widely in print and on television, and has been published around the world.

In January 2009, Mr. Sherwood founded TheSurvivorsClub.org, 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 re-launched in partnership with Hearst Digital Media, significantly expanding its reach and offerings.

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 master’s degrees in British imperial history and development economics.

Mr. Sherwood is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and serves on the boards of the National Constitution Center and the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues. He serves on the advisory board of the Center for Public Integrity, and is actively involved in City Year, the education-focused service organization.

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