Barbara Fedida was named Senior Vice President for Talent and Business at ABC News in April 2011. In this position she is responsible for developing and executing ABC News’ strategic planning for the next generation of both on-air and off-air talent. In addition to hiring, developing and placing all anchors and correspondents for ABC News programs and bureaus worldwide, Fedida also oversees all editorial recruiting, hiring, growth and development opportunities to ensure that the very best people are hired and move forward in the organization. Based in New York, she reports directly to ABC News President Ben Sherwood.
Fedida is re-joining ABC News after four years at CBS News, where she was Vice President of Talent and Development. Additionally she was the executive in charge of The Early Show. During her tenure at CBS, she was responsible for recruiting distinctive talents including Erica Hill, Seth Doane, Rebecca Jarvis, Ben Tracy and Dr. Jennifer Ashton. She also recruited The Fast Draw team to CBS. While at CBS, she received an Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award for her work producing the special series, “Children of the Recession.”
Fedida began her career as a broadcast assistant for the CBS News magazine series “West 57th.” In 1989 she moved to ABC News to work as a production associate for “Peter Jennings Reporting,” the anchor’s award-winning documentary unit. She also helped develop and produce town meetings and other children’s specials for Jennings. In 1992 she developed and launched the newsmagazine “Day One” as senior production associate, story editor, associate producer and then producer. In 1996 she became an associate producer and eventually a producer for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” where she worked on “Person of the Week” and covered many major stories with Jennings, including the Northridge earthquake, Pope John Paul’s visit to Cuba and the drug war in South America. She also produced reports on the first and second Gulf Wars and the execution of Timothy McVeigh. She acted as a senior producer of “ABC 2000,” the Millennium broadcast that spanned 26 consecutive hours and won both a Peabody and Emmy Award.
In 2001 Fedida was named Director of Standards and Practices at ABC News, where she helped reevaluate and reorganize the News division’s decision desk after the 2000 election. She was also involved with ABC News’ 9/11 coverage, specifically as a senior producer on the special program “9/11: Answering Children’s Questions,” for which she was awarded a 2002 Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award. At this time, she also worked on, developed and directed the “ABC News in the Schools” program. In 2006 Fedida was named ABC News’ Director of talent recruitment and development.
Born in Queens, NY, Fedida graduated from New York University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and politics. She has been an adjunct professor of journalism at NYU. She and her husband live in New York City with their three children.