‘Good Morning America’ Announces Staff Changes

By Brian Flood 

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“Good Morning America” has shaken up the senior staff, with Simone Swink being named senior broadcast producer of the second hour. Margo Baumgart has been promoted to senior broadcast producer in charge of futures and special programming. In addition, Chris Brouwer has been named senior broadcast producer.

TVNewser has obtained the memo that “GMA” senior executive producer Michael Corn sent to his staff:

I’m thrilled to announce that Simone Swink will be taking over leadership of the second hour of the program as Senior Broadcast Producer.  Since joining GMA in 2010 as a morning writer, and more recently in her role as head writer and Senior Producer–Simone has distinguished herself with her incredible passion, energy and a rare kind of tv/pop culture smarts.  She is an idea dynamo and one of the most creative thinkers at ABC News.

Simone’s journey here at ABC began in 1998 at This Week with Sam and Cokie. Her stops along the way have included stints at Nightline and Rudy Bednar’s unit (where she covered Nascar for nine months. She claims to have visited nearly every track  in America.)  I’m confident with Simone’s leadership the second hour will reach new heights as we continue to explore innovative new ways to tell stories to our viewers and reach out to brand new audiences.

At the same time I’m very pleased to announce that after 7 years at the helm of our second hour-Margo Baumgart has agreed to take on a new role –reporting to me as Senior Broadcast Producer in charge of futures and special programming. As we all know-Margo is one of the most dedicated and talented morning show producers in television. In her new role Margo will continue to help honcho some of the marquee GMA events she practically invented- such as the Oscar show, Emeril’s breakfast in bed (with those much-emulated surprise door knocks) – and the DWTS announcement shows- to name but a few.  At the same time, as she steps away from the second hour she has led to such success- she is now tasked with overseeing many new initiatives and partnerships for GMA- both within and outside ABC News- that will be crucial to our future goals. She will also continue to lend her big ideas and expertise and strategy to the daily show.  Margo was a big reason this show ascended into first place–and in her new role I’ll be counting on her expert guidance and experience to lead us to even more victories.

In other excellent news-Chris Brouwer is taking over the Senior Broadcast Producer role in the mornings. I already told you how lucky we are to have a true news warrior and storyteller like Chris joining GMA. In the weeks since she arrived from her impressive career World News,  she has proven herself an incredibly quick study in the most complicated and exciting control room on earth.   Please join me in congratulating Chris on filling this important leadership role on the broadcast.

Finally, as many of you know, Rachel Miskowiec has chosen to move on and back to daytime television. I know I join all of you in wishing her well. We will miss her passion and drive and wish her nothing but the best in her next endeavor.

Again-make sure to congratulate all our colleagues on their exciting new assignments!

I could not be more excited or confident about facing the fight every day with all of you. This is a remarkable team.