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CBS News Executive Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews Named CBS News Washington Bureau Chief

From CBS News: Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews has been named executive vice president and CBS News Washington bureau chief, it was announced today by CBS News president and senior executive producer Susan Zirinsky. Throughout her distinguished career, Ciprian-Matthews has held several senior management roles and managed teams across the globe. She brings extensive newsgathering experience to the Washington bureau having steered coverage of countless international conflicts, natural disasters, political events and terrorist attacks. She has served as CBS News’ acting Washington bureau chief since July, responsible for CBS News’ recent campaign coverage such as the 2020 conventions, presidential debates, Election Night and the CBS News Decision Desk.

Ciprian-Matthews’ appointment as Washington bureau chief is effective immediately; she will report to Susan Zirinsky. As the Washington bureau chief, Ciprian-Matthews will oversee the newsgathering and management of the Network’s largest bureau that is also home to the CBS EVENING NEWS with NORAH O’DONNELL and FACE THE NATION.

“Ingrid brings a wealth of journalistic credibility and experience to this role,” said Zirinsky. “Ingrid has served in several leadership positions, she has been deployed overseas and she has had to make critical editorial decisions at every step of her career. There isn’t a story of great magnitude she hasn’t covered. Ingrid played a significant role covering many elections, including the most recent one. Most importantly, she understands how to create systems that support our journalists and allow them to excel in their reporting. Ingrid has the perfect combination of skills to lead the Washington bureau.”

“The Washington bureau sets the standard for newsgathering at CBS News and across the industry. I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead it at a time when viewers are looking to Washington to understand what’s happening in the country,” said Ciprian-Matthews. “I am looking forward to working with all of my colleagues in Washington – and across the company – to provide audiences with the trusted information and analysis they need during these pivotal times.”

Ciprian-Matthews has served as an executive vice president for CBS News since 2018. She most recently was CBS News’ Executive Vice President of Strategic Professional Development, where she focused on recruitment and development of off-air talent to attract and retain the best workforce for CBS News. As part of CBS News’ senior executive leadership team, Ciprian-Matthews also worked tirelessly to shepherd new initiatives focused on enhancing CBS News’ culture.

Ciprian-Matthews was CBS News’ Executive Vice President of News (2018- 2019), Senior Vice President of News Administration (2015-2018) and Vice President of News (2011-2015), a role in which she coordinated all day-to-day news coverage. Before that, she served as CBS News’ Foreign Editor (2006-2011); Senior Broadcast Producer for the CBS EVENING NEWS (2004-2006); and Senior Producer for CBS News’ foreign coverage (2000-2004). In 1998, she became the Deputy Bureau Chief for the CBS News London bureau (1998-2000) and served as Senior Broadcast Producer for CBS News’ morning broadcasts from 1994-1998; she joined CBS News in 1993 as Senior Producer for live segments for the morning news.

Before joining CBS News, Ciprian-Matthews was the managing editor of CNN’s New York bureau (1990-1993) and a field producer, assignment manager and assignment editor for CNN (1984-1990). She started her career as a general assignment reporter for the National Public Radio Spanish-language news program, “Enfoque Nacional.”

Throughout her tenure focused on international news, Ciprian-Matthews guided coverage of major news events from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo in the late ‘90s to the bombing of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; to endless wars and numerous bombings in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; to liberation movements and the Arab Spring from Tunisia to Egypt; the nuclear challenge from both Iran and North Korea; and deadly earthquakes in China, Haiti and Chile.

Ciprian-Matthews is an Emmy award-winning journalist and the recipient of an Alfred I. duPont award for CBS News’ coverage of the Newtown tragedy. In 2016, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists presented Ciprian-Matthews with the Presidential Award of Impact, citing her exceptional news experience and deep commitment to journalistic excellence.

Ciprian-Matthews has had a vast and lasting leadership role shaping the culture of CBS News. She has also served in several high-profile leadership positions outside of the organization, including on the advisory board for the International Women’s Media Foundation, News Leaders Association (formerly the American Society of News Editors and AP Media Editors), the Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project and the ViacomCBS Veterans Network Advisory Council.

Ciprian-Matthews was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 1981, she received a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and graduated from New York University in 1984 with a master’s degree in journalism.