Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews named first Latina president of CBS News
The award-winning journalist is a 30-year veteran of CBS News, filling numerous roles over the years.
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CBS News recently announced that it has named Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews its new president, making her the first Latina president of the station.
In her new role as president, she will have top editorial oversight for CBS News across all platforms, and oversee all CBS News programs, bureaus, global newsgathering, streaming and digital editorial, as well as standards and practices, special events, politics, elections and surveys, social, the race and culture unit and CBS News Radio.
Ciprian-Matthews is a 30-year veteran of CBS News, most recently serving as executive vice president for newsgathering.
“There is no one with a stronger background to continue CBS News’ great journalistic legacy than Ingrid,” said Wendy McMahon, who herself was recently appointed president and CEO of CBS News and Stations, and CBS Media Ventures, in a statement.
“Ingrid’s editorial expertise, her depth of knowledge and sensitivity to the nuance of the subjects we cover around the globe, and her impeccable news judgment make her an incredible leader,” McMahon added.
Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Ciprian-Matthews received her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and graduated from New York University with a master’s degree in journalism.
She originally joined CBS News in 1993 as a senior producer for live segments for the morning news broadcast.
Throughout her 30 years with the network, she has served in various roles, including senior broadcast producer for CBS News’ morning broadcasts, deputy bureau chief for the CBS News London bureau, senior producer for CBS News’ foreign coverage, senior broadcast producer for the “CBS Evening News,” and CBS News’ foreign editor.
Ciprian-Matthews has also held other top leadership positions, such as senior vice president of news administration and vice president of news, in which she coordinated all day-to-day news coverage.
Prior to her most recent role as executive vice president for newsgathering, Ciprian-Matthews served as executive vice president and CBS News Washington bureau chief, and previously served as executive vice president of strategic professional development, where she focused on recruiting and elevating high-potential journalists.
“The history and DNA of this organization will inform our vision for the future,” said Ciprian-Matthews, as she looks ahead to her new role as president.
“We are a community of journalists driven by a conviction to serve the public and pursue the truth, with intentional, impartial reporting and distinctive storytelling. It is a true privilege to make sure we continue our mission long into the future — with integrity in our reporting and a firm commitment to the values, the culture and the wonderful people of CBS News,” she continued.
Throughout her career, Ciprian-Matthews has guided coverage of various major news events, including ethnic cleansing in Kosovo in the late '90s; the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; endless wars and numerous bombings in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; liberation movements and the Arab Spring from Tunisia to Egypt; the nuclear challenge from both Iran and North Korea; and deadly earthquakes in China, Haiti and Chile.
Her work has led her to being an Emmy Award-winning journalist, and in 2016, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists presented Ciprian-Matthews with the Presidential Award of Impact, citing her “exceptional news experience and deep commitment to journalistic excellence.”
Ciprian-Matthews and CBS News has also been recipients of an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the Newtown tragedy, and also an Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence.
Her status as the first Latina president of CBS News is a significant one.
After her appointment was announced, Yvette Cabrera, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, posted this tweet: