Kerry Smith, a veteran ABC News producer and manager, was named senior vice president for Editorial Quality in May, 2003. She reports to Ben Sherwood, president, ABC News.
In her position Ms. Smith is responsible for maintaining the journalistic integrity and editorial standards of ABC News. In addition, she serves as a senior advisor to the president for editorial matters. She has oversight on ABC NEWS editorial partnerships and the 2010-2011 global health initiative and programming. She also directs the news practices staff in training news employees in best practices, and supervising producers and correspondents dealing with sensitive issues in their reporting.
In April 1999, Ms. Smith was named the senior Washington editor for ABC News. In that position she supervised Washington news coverage and coordinated the bureau's editorial product for all ABC News programs. In addition she was instrumental in the startup of "Political Points," the ABCNEWS.com daily webcast on politics produced with The New York Times, and she supervised the project on behalf of ABC News. Ms. Smith was also the executive in charge of "This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts."
Previously Ms. Smith was senior producer of the Washington bureau's Magazine Unit, supervising a staff of investigative producers. During her more than 30 year career as a television news producer and program executive, she has worked for "PrimeTime Live," " 20/20," "World News Tonight," "Good Morning America" and "Nightline."
In addition to supervising coverage of breaking news and investigative reports, Ms. Smith has produced a number of documentaries for ABC News. She was the senior editorial producer of ABC's broadcast on the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which won a Peabody Award. She was senior producer of an investigative report on the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill confrontation for the ABC News program "Turning Point," and served as the producer for the award-winning Ted Koppel report, "Drugs, Crime and Doing Time."
Ms. Smith is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the International Women's Media Foundation, the nonprofit investigative journalism organization ProPublica and the World Science Festival.
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