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CBS has named Shawna Thomas executive producer of CBS This Morning, its flagship morning news program. Thomas will join the program, which is anchored by Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil, on Feb. 1.
CBS This Morning has been without a permanent ep since October of last year, when Diana Miller stepped down after a year and a half in the role.
Thomas joins CBS from Quibi, where she was a content development executive on its news team, working with news outlets like NBC News, the BBC and, yes, CBS News to develop short-form programming for the ill-fated streaming service (Quibi’s news unit was led by Ryan Kadro, who was previously the ep of CBS This Morning).
Before Quibi, Thomas was the Washington bureau chief for Vice News, where she also oversaw politics and policy coverage for Vice News Tonight. Thomas worked at NBC News from 2006-2016 in a variety of roles, most recently as as a senior producer for Meet the Press.
“Shawna Thomas is one of the top news minds in our field,” said CBS News president Susan Zirinsky in a statement. “She’s a hands-on storyteller, accomplished journalist and an inspiring leader. Shawna has 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.”
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