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Biography

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.

2 Programs

Westin and Gibbs: Leadership in the New Media Age

07.08.10 | 01:17:26 min | 0 comments