Juju Chang has been offered the job of news anchor for “Good Morning America,” TVNewser has learned from multiple sources.
Chang, who joined ABC News in 1991, has been working on several projects for ABC News magazines, ABCNews.com and has been filling in on “Good Morning America Weekend.”
Insiders tell us Chang did not campaign for the job — she and her husband, former NBC News president Neal Shapiro, have three young sons — but rather that executives looked at a compilation of the work she’d been doing for the network, then brought her in for a test with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos last week.
“They felt that she had a certain chemistry with George and Robin,” says an insider. “In the end it basically came down to chemistry.”
Stephanopoulos is widely expected to be named co-anchor of the show, with an official announcement coming later this week. Diane Sawyer’s last day on the show is Friday.
We’re told in addition to news anchor duties, Chang will contribute stories and segments in the 8amET hour. Much like Chris Cuomo has been doing for the broadcast. A network insider tells us ABC execs are in active negotiations with Cuomo to become co-anchor of “20/20” and to report for other ABC News broadcasts.
Juju Chang joined ABC News as a producer for “World News Tonight.” She was promoted to correspondent for ABC’s affiliate service Newsone, then returned to the network as a correspondent/anchor in Washington before returning to later New York.