Kim Godwin Leaves ABC News After Three Years

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 17: President of ABC News, Kim Godwin attends the 2022 ABC Disney Upfront at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South Street on May 17, 2022 in New York City.
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Kim Godwin has left her role as president at ABC News. 

Godwin was the first Black woman to run the broadcast network news operation. According to reports, the Disney unit became concerned about the way she was managing the shows such as, “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight.” 

In a memo to her staffers on Sunday, Godwin said that she had planned “to retire from broadcast journalism.” Godwin came under fire for her restructuring ABC News and Disney’s ABC Stations, that had her answering to her Debra O’Connell. 

O’Connell is set to oversee the company for the time being. Disney has not used issued a statement on the sudden exit of Kim Godwin. However, in her memo, she also wrote about her career achievements. “After matriculating through j-school at my beloved Florida A&M University, I have been fortunate and blessed enough to have done almost every job there is in this business, including anchor, investigative reporter, news director, field producer, network/special events executive producer and more before moving on to the executive ranks,” the note read. “Anyone who’s passionate about what we do knows there’s no other business like it, so this was not an easy or quick decision. But after considerable reflection, I’m certain it’s the right one for me as I look to the future and prioritize what’s most important for me and my family.”

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