After 37 years at NBC News, senior vice president Cheryl Gould has announced she will leave the network at the end of the month. Gould has worked in several different roles at NBC, including as vice president of CNBC and as the first female executive producer of “Nightly News.”
In a goodbye note to staffers sent this morning, Gould — who plans to “get going on her QTR,” or quality time remaining — recalled the highlights of her career:
My memory cup runneth over. Ayatollah Khomeini and the hostages. The Berlin Wall and Tom. The first Western live broadcasts from China. D-Day plus 35, plus 40, plus 50. The royal wedding–that other one, with the poufy dress. The explosion of the Challenger. And the GM pickup truck. Racing with Tom to a live shot at the Pyramids and getting stuck in a sewage ditch.
I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I’ve seen election nights that I thought would never end. Interviews with Marcos, Mubarak, Mitterrand, Mikhail, and Maggie. The fall of communism. The rise of dot.coms. The end of Basys, Hurley’s, wire machine clatter and cigars in the newsroom. The start of start-ups, selfies, news branding, and “likes.” I’ve lived through sixteen offices, nine news presidents, three corporate owners. And one new commissary.
I remember the Paris bureau’s old phone number: 359-11-71. I remember when there was a Paris bureau.
“We have all benefited from Cheryl’s decades of successes and dedication to NBC News. Please join me in congratulating her on her impressive career and in wishing her well in the future,” NBC news president Deborah Turness wrote in a note to NBC News this morning. “Cheryl leaves behind a network that is stronger thanks to her contributions.”
Read the full notes from Gould and Turness after the jump. Read more