CBS News veteran Linda Mason–currently senior VP of standards and specials–is retiring, after 47 years with the company.
Inside CBS, Mason is regarded as a ground-breaker, who shattered the glass ceiling at the network in 1971, when she became the first female producer on the “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.”
“There aren’t many people who have given so much of themselves to this organization,” wrote CBS news chairman Jeff Fager in an email to CBS staffers earlier this week.
Mason joined CBS in 1966 as a radio desk assistant, after a stint at The Providence Journal. She would work at WCBS and the “CBS Morning News” before joining the program anchored by Cronkite, and later Dan Rather. She eventually became EP of “CBS Sunday Morning” and of CBS’ weekend broadcasts before moving to special programming. She has also been the network’s representative to the National Election Pool consortium.
As an executive, she led the internal investigation in 2000 that examined the mistakes in the network’s reporting of election night, and she was the CBS liaison on the 2004 report that looked into a piece on “60 Minutes Wednesday” about George W. Bush‘s National Guard service. She has held her current role since 2005.
She has also served as a mentor to staffers, particularly women, in a business that was once dominated by men.