David Rhodes was named President of CBS News in February 2011.
As President, he is responsible for programs including the award-winning broadcasts CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY, CBS THIS MORNING, CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD, FACE THE NATION WITH BOB SCHIEFFER, and 48 HOURS. He directs network newsgathering for all CBS News platforms including television, CBSNews.com and CBS News Radio.
With CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, Rhodes has led a division-wide rejuvenation of the storied CBS News brand, emphasizing the original reporting of top broadcast journalists around the world. A rededication to the news division’s hard-news roots runs through every broadcast.
Rhodes was a catalyst behind the creation and launch of the highly regarded CBS THIS MORNING program, including the development of a new studio and newsroom at the legendary CBS Broadcast Center in New York. He also spearheads CBS News’ multi-platform, division-wide approach to major news events such as the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Election Night, Presidential Debates and special events.
Prior to joining CBS News, Rhodes held senior roles at Bloomberg and at Fox News. At Bloomberg he was head of U.S. Television, responsible for all programming, development, editorial and newsgathering. He made significant changes in the network’s talent and programming, relaunching the financial news service’s flagship cable channel in 2009.
Rhodes began his career as a Production Assistant at the newly launched Fox News Channel in 1996, where he later became Vice President of News. At the network he managed coverage of three presidential elections, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, hurricanes including Katrina, and was the channel’s Assignment Manager on the news desk the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
Since joining CBS News, Rhodes has been named to the power lists of several prominent media and business publications, including Fortune magazine’s “40 Under 40,” Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40,” The Hollywood Reporter’s “35 Most Powerful People in Media” and GQ’s “The 50 Most Powerful People in Washington.”
Rhodes holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is a native of New York City and lives in Manhattan with his wife Emma and sons Ethan and Oliver.