ABC News appoints alum president

By Daniel Rothberg

ABC named Ben Sherwood ’81, a former executive producer of “Good Morning America,” to lead ABC News in an announcement on Dec. 3. Sherwood will succeed David Westin, who said in September that he would step down as the division’s president.

While at “Good Morning America,” Sherwood oversaw the coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 presidential election. Sherwood is the author of several books, including “The Survivors Club,” a New York Times bestseller. An adaptation of his 2004 novel, “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,” was released in theaters last summer, starring Zac Efron.
Sherwood told The Chronicle last year that his teachers at Harvard School provided him with the foundation for his career as a writer.

“It was the absolute bedrock for a career in journalism,” he said.