During his 13 years of leadership at ABC News, David Westin stood at the helm of reporting on a host of monumental national and international events. At the same time, his exhaustive career has been characterized by the need to navigate a series of critical shifts in the industry of journalism itself. Written following his departure from ABC in December 2010, Westin's book, Exit Interview, offers a unique look inside the field of journalism and at the people who comprise it."
Belva Davis' broadcasting career began on radio and continued on television, where she was the first female African American reporter on the West Coast. She has received countless awards for her contributions to the field of journalism, and is known for her work as a labor activist, vice president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and as the author of "Never in My Wildest Dreams."
David Westin was the president of ABC News from March 1997 through December 2010. He oversaw all editorial and business aspects of the news division. He previously appeared on Chautauqua's lecture platform in 2007 to discuss "The Media and News: Applied Ethics."
During his tenure, Westin has guided several award-winning, division-wide reporting efforts, including "ABC 2000," the 24-hour broadcast from around the world that brought in the new millennium, ABC News' coverage of 9/11, its coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the series "Iraq: Where Things Stand," and extensive reports on health and wellness issues, including lung cancer, breast cancer, the pharmaceutical industry and health care in America. In addition, ABC News has partnered with Time magazine to produce series on global warming, traffic and obesity, and with USA Today to report on pain, living longer and loose nukes.
Under Westin's leadership, ABC News became the first American news organization to broadcast live from North Korea, to broadcast live from the Potala Palace in Tibet, to broadcast a regularly scheduled morning program in high definition, and to provide high-definition coverage of a presidential State of the Union address. In 2008 ABC News became the first broadcast network in history to air debates among presidential candidates in primetime during a primary season when it aired back-to-back Republican and Democratic debates on the eve of the New Hampshire primary.
Westin holds bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Michigan.
David Westin, former President of ABC News and author of the new book Exit Interview, says "we're all biased," when asked if he can name five news anchors who are unbiased. "The question is not whether we are biased, the question is are we going to fight against it," says Westin.