2 Upped at ABC News Washington

By Chris Ariens 

ABC News veterans Matt Hosford and George Sanchez are getting new roles in ABC’s D.C. bureau, as the network prepares to bid farewell to Dennis Dunlavey, who’s spent 40 years with ABC most recently as Senior Washington Editor.

Hosford will become Senior Editorial Producer and Sanchez has been named Senior Assignment Manager. “Matt and George move into their new positions of leadership surrounded by an outstanding editorial team throughout the Bureau,” writes bureau chief Jonathan Greenberger. “From our correspondents to our producers and reporters, every member of the team is operating at the top of their game – breaking news and offering insightful analysis on so many big stories, including the 2016 election, the final year of President Obama’s tenure, and the fight against ISIS.”

Here’s Greenberger’s note to the staff:

DC Team –

As many of you know, the next several weeks will be bittersweet as we prepare for the retirement of Dennis Dunlavey, who has been our editorial rock here in DC for 40 years. And though we will deeply miss Dennis, it gives me great pleasure to announce today that Matt Hosford and George Sanchez are being promoted to new leadership positions to guide us editorially moving forward.

Matt Hosford will become the DC Bureau’s Senior Editorial Producer, helping shape our coverage on behalf of all ABC News platforms. Over more than a decade at ABC News, Matt has proven himself to be a remarkably creative, sophisticated storyteller and reporter, with a unique ability to bring life to complicated, technical stories. Matt joined ABC News in 2004 as David Kerley’s producer on the overnight shift. Since 2007, he has led the charge for us on transportation and covered numerous other big stories, including the earthquake in Haiti, the Arab Spring, the Boston Marathon Bombing and last year’s Baltimore riots. A huge sports fan, Matt can often be found cheering on the Redskins, Capitals and his daughter Sophia’s soccer and basketball teams alongside his wife Diana.

George Sanchez will become the DC Bureau’s Senior Assignment Manager, responsible for leading the DC Bureau’s day-to-day newsgathering operation, with broad responsibility for coverage decisions, troop movements and future planning. George has an incredible eye, with a gift for spotting stories others have missed – and for knowing what stories will matter. George first joined ABC News as a desk assistant in 1992, and came to the Washington Desk in 2001. From the DC Desk, George has helped shape ABC’s coverage of every major Washington event of the last 15 years, running editorial point most recently during the Baltimore riots and the infamous “Gyrocopter landing” on the front lawn of the Capitol. During his time at the Desk he got married, adopted a bouncing baby boy in Kazakhstan with his wife Jody, organized every cooking contest at the Bureau, and worked virtually every weekend.

Matt and George move into their new positions of leadership surrounded by an outstanding editorial team throughout the Bureau. From our correspondents to our producers and reporters, every member of the team is operating at the top of their game – breaking news and offering insightful analysis on so many big stories, including the 2016 election, the final year of President Obama’s tenure, and the fight against ISIS.

We’ll take the time to properly honor Dennis – and to thank him for his decades of leadership at ABC News – in a few weeks as his retirement draws closer. In the meantime, please join Stacia, Andrea, Dennis and me in congratulating both Matt and George on their extremely well-deserved promotions.

Jonathan

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