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Isham: The Announcement

From CBS’ Sean McManus:

    After more than 20 years of outstanding work at CBS News, our D.C. bureau chief, Janet Leissner, has decided to retire. It is with sadness that I make the announcement today of Janet’s decision, as we are losing a great colleague and one of the finest journalists on our team.

    Janet came to me several months ago to discuss the possibility of lessening her workload so she could start to transition into the next phase of her life. Janet’s commitment and service to this news organization speaks for itself. While she will be retiring, the integral role Janet played throughout her career at CBS News will not be forgotten and her list of accomplishments is long. She has been crucial to the success of the Network’s political reporting and coverage, has played a major role in election coverage and has been instrumental in landing many presidential interviews. I hope that Janet will continue to have a role at CBS News in the future.

    Janet will be succeeded by Chris Isham, the Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News. Chris is an extraordinary journalist and uniquely qualified to succeed Janet as bureau chief. I’m very much looking forward to working with him and having the benefit of his vast experience and knowledge in Washington, D.C. Chris’ appointment is effective September 4.

    Chris has built an extraordinary investigative unit that is widely recognized as one of the most successful of its kind in television news. Under his leadership, the ABC News Investigative Unit broke many exclusive reports on a wide range of topics from terrorism to political corruption. Chris has produced programming for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms and he organized the first major network interview with Osama bin Laden in May 1998. Chris and his unit have been recognized with all of the major awards in the broadcast industry.

    Chris joined ABC News as an associate producer in 1978, and before that he worked in the documentary unit at NBC News. He graduated Yale College in 1976 and Groton School in 1971. He was born in Berlin and has lived in Moscow, Hong Kong, Paris, Haiti and Washington D.C.

    I know you join me in expressing deep appreciation for Janet’s remarkable contributions to CBS News and wish her all the best.

    At the same time, please welcome Chris to the Division.

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