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CBS News has found its new Washington bureau chief. The network news division has tapped Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews to serve as executive vp and Washington bureau chief, effective immediately.
Ciprian-Matthews has served as the interim D.C. bureau chief since July, after Chris Isham stepped down from the role. She previously served as an executive vp at CBS News, most recently as the head of strategic professional development. Before taking on operational roles at the news division, she was a producer for the CBS Evening News, and the foreign editor for CBS News.
The Washington D.C. bureau is CBS’ largest, and also serves as the home base for the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell, and the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation. Ciprian-Matthews led coverage of the 2020 presidential election and election night itself, and now takes charge of the bureau on a permanent basis as a new administration prepares to take office.
The job of Washington bureau chief is also among the most high-profile at every TV news division, given the significant investment in political news programming, and the relationship U.S. politics has to almost every news story, from the novel coronavirus pandemic to Iran’s uranium enrichment program.
“Ingrid brings a wealth of journalistic credibility and experience to this role,” said CBS News president Susan Zirinsky, to whom Ciprian-Matthews reports. “Ingrid has served in several leadership positions, she has been deployed overseas and she has had to make critical editorial decisions at every step of her career. There isn’t a story of great magnitude she hasn’t covered. Ingrid played a significant role covering many elections, including the most recent one. Most importantly, she understands how to create systems that support our journalists and allow them to excel in their reporting. Ingrid has the perfect combination of skills to lead the Washington bureau.”
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