Chris Licht is Vice President of Programming for CBS News and the Executive Producer of CBS THIS MORNING.
Licht, who joined CBS News in 2011, oversees CBS’s critically praised morning news program and, as Vice President of Programming, develops new programming opportunities for the News division.
Under Licht’s guidance, CBS THIS MORNING has become the Network’s most successful morning newscast in more than two decades. In fourth quarter 2015, CBS THIS MORNING generated CBS’s largest audience in the time period in 23 years.
Each weekday morning, Licht works with Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell to deliver two hours of original reporting, breaking news and top-level newsmaker interviews in an engaging and informative format that challenges the norm in network morning news programs. The broadcast, launched in 2012, has already earned a prestigious Peabody Award, two News & Documentary Emmys and one Daytime Emmy. The broadcast and Licht were also honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award as part of CBS News’ division-wide coverage of the shootings at Newtown, Conn. elementary school.
Licht joined CBS News from MSNBC with a wealth of experience in television news and an inventive style. He was the co-creator and original executive producer of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and was at the helm as the show garnered critical acclaim for its interviews with newsmakers and perspective on the top news stories. In addition to covering nearly every important news event in recent history, he led the show’s comprehensive on-location coverage of the 2008 election.
Before “Morning Joe,” Licht was a senior producer and then executive producer of Joe Scarborough’s “Scarborough Country” on MSNBC.
Licht has worked at various levels of the electronic news business. He began his career at KNBC in Los Angeles, distinguishing himself early on during the O.J. Simpson trial. Over the next seven years at KNBC, he moved up to special projects producer, coordinated the station's Olympics coverage, and then produced the “Channel 4 News at 11.” In 2001, NBC moved Licht to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he played an integral role on the transition team during the network’s purchase of KNTV. Following the transition, he remained as executive producer.
Licht’s first book, What I Learned When I Almost Died, was published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS, in May 2011.
Licht graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication with a bachelor's in broadcast journalism and political science. He lives in New York with his wife and their two sons.