Journalist and Charlie St. Cloud author Ben Sherwood has been named president of ABC News, the network announced Friday.
In his new position, Sherwood will be responsible for all editorial, programming and digital aspects of the ABC News programs.
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"It's a great honor and privilege to be asked to lead this amazing news organization, and I am humbled by the opportunity," Sherwood said in a statement. "For more than 20 years, I've known firsthand of the passion, excellence and integrity of the people who work for ABC News. I am thrilled to be coming back home, and look forward to harnessing our innovation and creativity to build on our great history of success."
Sherwood, 46, joined ABC News in 1989 as an investigative associate producer. In 1997, he became a broadcast producer for NBC's Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. He was eventually promoted to senior broadcast producer, a role in which he helped guide the show's coverage of the September 11th attacks. He returned to ABC News in 2004 to serve as executive producer of Good Morning America.
Sherwood's award-winning journalism has been published in such publications as The New York Times and The Washington Post. He also authored the best-selling novel The Man Who Ate the 747 in 2000 and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud in 2004. The latter was adapted into the 2010 feature film Charlie St. Cloud starring Zac Efron.