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ABC’s Dr. Tim Johnson Steps Aside

After 25 years as ABC News chief medical correspondent, Dr. Tim Johnson is stepping aside from fulltime duties at ABC News. Dr. Richard Besser, who joined ABC last summer from the CDC, is being named Chief Health & Medical editor. Johnson will stay on as a medical contributor.

More in a note from ABC News president David Westin.

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ABC News Hires CDC Doc; Ups Dr. Tim Johnson to Chief Medical Editor

Besser_7.30.jpgABC News announced it has hired Dr. Richard Besser as Senior Health and Medical Editor and at the same time has promoted 30-year ABC News health veteran Dr. Tim Johnson to Chief Medical Editor.

Dr. Besser came to ABC’s attention during coverage of the swine flu outbreak. He was the public face of the CDC’s response to H1N1. “He is an incredibly talented physician, and I look forward to him joining our team,” said Dr. Johnson in a press release. Dr. Besser currently serves as director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response at the CDC. He’ll join ABC in September.

Dr. Johnson, a former Seminarian, turned to medicine in 1965. He joined ABC in 1975 at the launch of Good Morning America.

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