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ABC News says it has named Galen Gordon senior vp for talent strategy and development.
Gordon joins ABC from the NFL, where he was vp of talent management for the league’s media division. He previously was a coordinating producer at ESPN and a producer for CNN and WABC in New York. He will report to ABC News president James Goldston and starts at the end of November.
“Galen will lead our talent team to identify emerging talent and development opportunities for our on-air and editorial team and the next generation of talent,”Goldston wrote to staff in a memo Wednesday. “He’ll work closely with Tonya Dobine to strengthen our pipeline across ABC News to attract, develop and retain a workforce that mirrors our audience and help us build a truly representative and inclusive culture where everyone has the opportunity to be heard, contribute and grow.”
“As a journalist first and foremost, I’m excited to return to the company and join ABC News,” Gordon said on this morning’s ABC News editorial call. “I want to demystify what opportunity looks like for people across ABC News, on-air and behind the camera and to help them reach their goals. To best serve our audience, everyone should have an equal share in that work.”
Gordon’s hire follows the departure of longtime ABC News executive Barbara Fedida, who left the company in July after an investigation found that she made inappropriate and insensitive remarks to colleagues.
In the wake of her departure, ABC said that it would split her business affairs and talent relations and recruitment responsibilities between different executives, with Gordon set to oversee the network’s talent pipeline.
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