Chris Vlasto Takes on New Role at ABC News

By Chris Ariens 

Chris Vlasto, currently executive producer of the 7 a.m. hour of Good Morning America, is shifting to another ABC News unit. He’s been named senior ep for Investigative Reporting. Vlasto, who was approached about a communications role in the Trump White House in December, before taking his name out of the running, is a 28-year ABC News veteran.

No word yet on a replacement for Vlasto on GMA. ABC News president James Goldston sent this note to staffers this morning.


I’m pleased to announce that Chris Vlasto has been named Senior Executive Producer for Investigative Reporting.

Investigative reporting lies at the core of our mission at ABC News, now more than ever, and we are committed to devoting the resources necessary to effectively telling the most important and complex stories of America and the world.

Chris will be responsible for setting the priorities for our investigative reporting by combining the forces of our powerhouse teams in New York and DC – coordinating the work of the Ross unit led by Brian and Executive Producer Rhonda Schwartz, along with Pierre Thomas’ team including Jack Date and Mike Levine, and the many people at ABC News whose work touches the investigative sphere. Together they will double down on the tremendous reporting coming out of ABC News, including all aspects of the Russia investigation.

Chris is an award-winning producer who has lent his skill, savvy and expertise to ABC News for the past 28 years, most recently serving at the helm of the 7 o’clock hour of GMA as Executive Producer. In that role he oversaw non-stop breaking news coverage from around the world, up-to-the-minute reporting during the extraordinary 2016 election, the latest developments coming from the current administration and so much more. This season, Senior Executive Producer Michael Corn and Chris are leading GMA to its fifth year as the number one morning show on television.

Chris has covered an extraordinary number of historic moments during his time here – from his award-winning coverage of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and Enron, to the Florida recount, to the Anthony Weiner scandal – Chris’ desire to break big stories is relentless.

We all remember his unmatched reporting on the Monica Lewinsky story and the interview he then produced with Barbara Walters which became one of the most watched interviews in TV news history.

With Chris’ years of experience, his passion for in-depth reporting and his unwavering determination to seek the truth, we will make the strongest investigative team in the business even stronger.

Please join me in congratulating Chris on his new role.