CBS News Promotes Rick Jefferson to VP of News Operations

By A.J. Katz 

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CBS News has promoted Rick Jefferson to the position of vice president of news operations, effective immediately. CBS News president David Rhodes made the announcement this morning.

Jefferson had been CBS News’s director of production since March 2016. Prior to that, he had a 3 1/2-year stint as the production director for CBS This Morning. Jefferson arrived at the Eye in 2012 after a lengthy tenure at MSNBC.

With more than three decades of TV news production experience, Jefferson has taken on lead roles managing and coordinating coverage of several presidential inaugurations, political conventions, award shows and other major events.

In his new role, Jefferson will be responsible for the division’s technical personnel and facilities worldwide, including Hard News, Prime Time and Public Affairs.

A St. John’s alum, Jefferson began his TV career with CBS as a network documentation clerk all the way back in 1984.