CBS News and Stations Chief Took a ‘Why Not’ Approach to Career Growth – and It Gave Her an Edge

Office With a View: Wendy McMahon took a risk in embracing a new digital role, setting her up to lead the news broadcaster’s streaming strategy

Wendy McMahon, President, CBS News and Stations
Wendy McMahon, President, CBS News and Stations, speaks to TheWrap for Office With a View.

Since grade school, Wendy McMahon knew she wanted to be in local broadcast news. Now president of CBS News and Stations, she’s achieved a path she set for herself early on. But it took getting out of her comfort zone and embracing a challenging digital role to lay the groundwork for her current role — one where she’s embracing streaming alongside linear TV as the next step in her career.

McMahon ran marketing and promotion at local TV stations for 11 years before joining ABC in 2009. In 2015, she got an opportunity to take a broader digital role at the Disney-owned station group.