Ben Sherwood’s Career Timeline

The path that led the ABC News president to replace Anne Sweeney

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

Ben Sherwood‘s new job at Disney is only the largest leap in his varied and successful career.

Here’s a look at how he became the new co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group.

Also read: Meet Ben Sherwood: His Meteoric Rise Since Re-Joining ABC

1989: Sherwood joins ABC News as an investigative associate producer and producer for “PrimeTime Live.”

1997: Sherwood jumps ship to NBC, signing on for “Nightly News With Tom Brokaw.” Initially a broadcast producer for “In Depth” reports, he eventually rises to senior broadcast producer.

2000: Sherwood’s best-selling novel “The Man Who ate the 747” is published.

Also read: The State of Anne Sweeney’s Disney Empire: By the Numbers

2004: Sherwood publishes another best-seller, “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,” which was adapted into the feature film “Charlie St. Cloud” in 2010.

April 2004: Sherwood returns to ABC News as executive producer of “Good Morning America.”

2006: Sherwood leaves “Good Morning America.”

Also read: Why Won’t Disney’s Anne Sweeney Lean In? Women and Leadership Dilemmas

December 2010: Sherwood is named president of ABC News, becoming responsible for all aspects of the division’s broadcasts, including “World News With Diane Sawyer,” “20/20” and “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”

October 2011: ABC News forges partnership with Yahoo! to create an online news and information network

2013: ABC News and Univision launch Fusion, a joint news and lifestyle network to serve and empower U.S. hispanics

March  2014: Sherwood is tapped to replace Anne Sweeney at Disney Media Networks, effective February 2015.

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