New Exec. Editorial Director For ABC News

ABC News has just named David Reiter as their new Executive Editorial Director. Reiter started at ABC News in 1994 and was previously senior broadcast producer at Weekend World News and Special Events.

Full memo from ABC News President David Westin after the jump.


From: Westin, David
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007
To: #ABCTV News ALL
Subject: Executive Editorial Director

I am pleased to announce that David Reiter will become Executive Editorial Director of ABC News, reporting to Kate O’Brian, Senior Vice President for News. In this new position, David will have daily oversight of all our news gathering operations and the assignment of correspondents, producers, and crews. David will also supervise the sharing of editorial information and production resources, ensuring strong collaboration among all broadcasts and platforms.

David started his career at ABC News in 1994 as a desk assistant in New York. He covered Vice President Al Gore as an off-air reporter in 1996 and also worked as an assignment editor on the National and Northeast desks. Following that, David spent three years as deputy and then acting bureau chief of our Los Angeles bureau. In 2003, David became a senior producer in special events, covering some of the biggest breaking news stories in recent years, including the 2004 Presidential elections, the death of Saddam Hussein, Hurricane Katrina, and the death of Pope John Paul II. He has also been the coordinating producer for many of our division-wide series and supervised four comprehensive reports on “Iraq: Where Things Stand.” In June, David was named senior broadcast producer at Weekend World News and Special Events.

In our new structure, Kate O’Brian is responsible for our overall strategy for news coverage, reporting to me. Radio, NewsOne, and our special reporting units (through Rhonda Schwartz for Investigative and through Eric Avram for Law and Justice, Business, Polling, and Medical) will report to Kate.

I know that all of us will give Kate and David our full support. Please join me in congratulating David on his new position.