Chad Matthews has been named vice president and news director of WABC, taking over for Camille Edwards who left the station two months ago.
Matthews had been assistant news director for the last year, after serving in the same role at WTVJ in South Florida for 5 years. He spent 12 years at the ABC flagship station beginning in 2000.
“Returning to Eyewitness News and the ABC/Disney family is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Matthews in a statement. “Leading New York’s No. 1 news organization is a tremendous responsibility and one I do not take lightly.”
In the just-completed May sweep, WABC extended its run as the most-watched station in the country’s No. 1 market. With a sign-on to sign-off 2.8 rating (with each rating point representing 70,748 Tri-State area TV households) WABC attracts a larger audience than any other television station in the nation.
“Chad is a proven leader with incredible vision for the future of Eyewitness News across multiple platforms,” said WABC president and GM Debra O’Connell. “In his role as interim news director, he’s galvanized the team and elevated our efforts to deliver the highest quality newscasts as well as expanded content for our ABC7NY site and app.”
Before joining WABC in 2000, Matthews held producer positions at WCBS, WFXT in Boston, WJAR in Providence and WWLP in Springfield, Massachusetts.