Crystal Johns Leaving CBS News

By Chris Ariens 

Crystal Johns, director of talent development and diversity at CBS News, is leaving the network and joining Bienstock, the UTA-owned talent agency.

“It’s never easy to say goodbye to a valued member of our CBS family, but Crystal came to us with the news of an exciting challenge that proved difficult for her to pass up,” wrote CBS News svp Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, in a note to staff. “After a successful run at CBS News she is heading over to the other side of the business where she will continue to work her magic and be a friend to all of us at CBS News.”

Insiders tell us Johns, who has been with CBS News for 10 years, was a sounding board for many CBS Newsers and that she will be missed in that capacity.

Johns’ career has taken her from Baltimore’s WJZ where she produced a talk show called “People are Talking,” co-hosted by a 24-year-old news anchor named Oprah Winfrey. She’s also worked for Allen/Nee Productions and was executive producer for “Good Day” at WCVB-TV in Boston.