David Rhodes was named President of CBS News in February 2011 and took sole leadership of the Network’s News Division in January 2015, overseeing CBS News content across all platforms: broadcast television, digital live streaming, VOD, CBSNews.com and radio. On the CBS Television Network these include the CBS EVENING NEWS, CBS THIS MORNING, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, FACE THE NATION, 48 HOURS, and America’s most-watched news program, 60 MINUTES, as well as online offerings including the first-of-its-kind digital streaming network CBSN and cbsnews.com.
Rhodes Rhodes joined CBS from Bloomberg LP, where he was head of U.S. Television. At CBS, Rhodes was the catalyst behind the creation and launch of the highly-regarded CBS THIS MORNING, a program that led a company-wide re-emphasis on serious news reporting under the storied CBS News brand. This morning news program began broadcasting from a new studio and newsroom within the legendary CBS Broadcast Center in New York in 2012. Since launch, the broadcast has added more than a million daily viewers and is delivering the CBS Television Network its largest morning news audience in more than 20 years.
Over two presidential election cycles from 2012 to 2016, Rhodes expanded FACE THE NATION to a one-hour broadcast and worked with successive moderators to guide the show to become America’s #1 Sunday public affairs program. The program is part of a reprogramming of politics, which brings together all of the Network’s assets in one coordinated approach.
Early in his tenure, Rhodes oversaw a talent transition to the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY, which has seen four consecutive years of viewer growth. Pelley continues as a correspondent on 60 MINUTES, still America’s most-watched news broadcast after more than 45 television seasons on the air. These broadcasts have continued to reach larger audiences while reaffirming a commitment to quality that continues to drive CBS News, the most-awarded network news division.
In November 2014, Rhodes, with CBS Interactive, launched CBSN, combining live anchoring with video on demand to bring CBS’s journalism to new audiences via live-streaming. CBSN is available 24 hours a day on mobile, on cbsnews.com, and on “over-the-top” streaming services including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV.
At Bloomberg, Rhodes was responsible for all programming, development, editorial, and newsgathering, relaunching the U.S. cable channel of the global financial news service in 2009 at the height of interest in the lessons learned from the financial crisis.
Rhodes began his career as a Production Assistant pre-launch at the Fox News Channel in August 1996. He later became the channel’s Vice President of News, managing the network’s news report. He was managing Fox’s Assignment Desk on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
Since joining CBS News, Rhodes has been named to Fortune magazine’s “40 Under 40” twice, rising to #9; and to the Hollywood Reporter's “35 Most Powerful People in Media,” GQ’s “50 Most Powerful People in Washington,” and Crain’s New York Business’s “40 Under 40.”
He became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum at the group's 2013 gathering in Yangon, Myanmar, and is a member of the International Media Council at the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland.
Rhodes is a member of the Board of Trustees of Rice University and a member of the James A Baker III Institute Advisory Board at Rice. He graduated from the school in Houston in 1996.
A native of New York City, Rhodes lives in Manhattan with his wife Emma and their two sons.