This Year’s Variety’s New York Women’s Impact Report Features More Than a Dozen TV Newsers

By A.J. Katz 

Variety’s 2021 New York Women’s Impact Report was released today, and as is traditionally the case, the annual list features many TV newsers.

Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang is included in this year’s list. She is recognized for her reporting on ABC’s late-night news show about the rise in Asian hate crimes the past year. In March, she co-anchored and reported Murder in Atlanta following mass shootings at Asian-owned spas. “I am aware of the struggles and the pit-falls of the Asian American experience,” Chang, who co-founded the New York-based Korean American Community Foundation, told Variety. “In many ways, it felt like my decades of experience as a journalist and as an Asian American woman were brought to bear on the special, and for that, I am most proud.”

Chang’s ABC News colleague Linsey Davis also earns a spot on the list. Here’s what the magazine has to say about the face of the ABC’s streaming news service ABC News Live, and anchor of World News Tonight on Sundays.

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner is honored for her extended interview with then-President Trump following the murder of George Floyd last year. “My being an African American journalist seemed to intensify the political optics and raise the stakes for the president,” she says. “By the end of our discussion, he told me that he had done more for Black Americans than Lincoln. And I reminded [him], ‘Well, we are free, Mr. President.’” Faulkner anchors Fox’s 11 a.m. ET hour (The Faulkner Focus) and co-hosts Outnumbered, which airs at Noon.

The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg also makes an appearance on the 2021 list, although the magazine talks more about her other TV and film projects, and less about her ABC News work; which is fair considering how much she has on her plate these days, per below:

20/20 executive producer Janice Johnston earns a spot on this year’s list. Johnston, the first woman and first Black executive producer for the prime time newsmagazine, tells Variety, “We worked from laptops at home, socially distanced and masked in the field, and Zoomed on our dining room tables,” adding, “We kept going. We’re still going. I’m unabashedly proud of 20/20 and all of our colleagues at ABC News.”

Speaking of Black female executives, MSNBC president Rashida Jones makes the list as well.  “Our anchors, reporters and tech teams handled curveballs left and right to maintain around-the-clock breaking news coverage,” Jones tells Variety. “We saw the entire team come together and mobilize virtually to ensure both the safety and coordination of our teams to cover important stories of our time.”

Other women from the TV news world who made the list include: NBC News diversity verticals: Michelle Garcia, Sandra Lilley, Jessica Prois and Brooke Sopelsa; CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell; CNN Inside Politics Sunday anchor and senior political correspondent Abby Phillip; and NBC Nightly News executive producer Jennifer Suozzo.

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