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Townsend Joins ABC News as VP of Comms

From left to right: Fiona Conway ABCNewsOne executive director; Levine; and Kris Sebastian, senior producer of 'GMA' at a party for Levine. Ben Sherwood, ABC News president, in back.

Cathie Levine has stepped down from her role as VP of communications for ABC News. She had been with the organization since 2001 when she joined as a publicist for World News Tonight. Since then, she’s worked with a number of ABC’s news anchors, including Peter Jennings and Diane Sawyer, promoted coverage of the 2004 and 2008 Presidential elections, and managed anchor turnover at the network.

Julie Townsend is stepping into the role. Most recently, she was a VP at Emanate Public Relations working with clients including Bank of America. She also previously spent six years with ABC, rising to the level of director of the PR department and launching ABC News Now before leaving for NBCUniversal.

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