Staff Shakeup at CBS This Morning

By A.J. Katz Comment

CBS News’ rising morning show is making some staffing changes. CBS This Morning executive producer Ryan Kadro sent a note to staff informing them of the moves, writing: “The changes reflect a desire to have people report to the Senior or Supervisor they work with the most.”

Lulu Chiang becomes senior producer of special events for CBS News, and will report to Tim Gaughan, CBS News’ vp of newsgathering. The move is part of the group’s effort to give the special events unit additional resources, Kadro says. “I want to thank Lulu for working so hard these last three years to make the CTM booking team so competitive,” Kadro wrote in the memo.

Taking Chiang’s spot is Adam Verdugo, who will relocate from Los Angeles, where he’s been a west coast senior producer, to New York to head up the booking unit. “Adam was a terrific interim Senior in DC this summer, and the work he and his team have done over three years in LA has been instrumental to our growth,” wrote Kadro. Verdugo, a former producer for NBC’s Meet the Press, worked with CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell when the two were at NBC in Washington, D.C.

Other changes include Sarah Huisenga taking Verdugo’s spot in Los Angeles, and Brian Gottlieb joins as White House producer.

More in Kadro’s full note below:

Team,

In today’s 230p meeting we announced some exciting changes at CTM. But since we’re a 24/7 operation, obviously not everyone was in the room or on the phone, so I’m briefly laying out everything we discussed below. If you have any questions, my door is mostly always open, so feel free to setup some time to chat. Or, the anonymous comment section is still active on the intranet site if you prefer that route.

-Lulu Chiang becomes Senior Producer Special Events reporting to Tim Gaughan. Tim sent a note this afternoon laying out Lulu’s new responsibilities. The move is part of our ongoing effort to give the special events unit additional resources, knowing its continued success benefits us all. I want to thank Lulu for working so hard these last three years to make the CTM booking team so competitive.
-Adam Verdugo is moving from LA to NY to head up CTM’s booking unit. He’s scheduled to begin working in NY on March 20. Adam was a terrific interim Senior in DC this summer. And the work he and his team have done over three years in LA has been instrumental to our growth.
-Sarah Huisenga is promoted to Supervising Producer CTM Los Angeles. Really excited for Sarah and the LA team that we’ve identified a new leader from within. Sarah proved this summer, as acting Supervisor, that she’s ready to take on greater editorial and management responsibilities. She is beginning to assume her new role this week and will be running things fully by Monday February 27.
-Molly Kordares will be responsible for the 730 and 740 segments. We’re continuing to stress that enterprise pieces and original reporting in these time slots is paramount to achieving our objectives of reaching an even bigger audience. Molly will be the point of contact for pitching, developing, and producing these important stories. She’ll continue to work with Diana, Peter and the 7am team on the hour overall.
-Brian Gottlieb joins CTM as White House Producer. Brian has a terrific track record at CBS and will be a very valuable addition to our political coverage. Note from Chloe to follow.
-New reporting structure will be sent out by Diana. The changes reflect a desire to have people report to the Senior or Supervisor they work with the most. More details in Diana’s note.

Thanks as always for your hard work and commitment to excellence. It’s an exciting time at CTM as we continue to find new ways to strengthen our already strong broadcast.

See you in the newsroom.

Ryan

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