Barbara Fedida Biography – Barbara Fedida Wiki
Barbara Fedida was ABC News senior vice president for Talent, Editorial Strategy & Business Affairs. She was responsible for developing and executing ABC News’ strategic vision and planning for the next generation of both on-air and off-air talent.
Fedida was responsible for hiring, developing and placing all anchors and correspondents for ABC News programs and bureaus worldwide. Additionally, she supervised all editorial recruiting, hiring, growth, inclusion and development opportunities to ensure that the most qualified and talented people are given the most responsibility and opportunity in the organization. She is based in New York and reports to ABC News President James Goldston.
Fedida rejoined ABC News in 2011 after four years at CBS News, where she was vice president of Talent and Development. Since returning to ABC she has played an instrumental role in hiring and recruiting many notable correspondents and contributors including Cecilia Vega, Paula Faris, Michael Strahan, Tom Llamas, Sara Haines, Gio Benitez, Meghan McCain, Byron Pitts, Amy Robach, Ginger Zee, Mary Bruce and many others.
She oversees the on-air talent for “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” “The View” and “20/20,” in addition to other programming. During her tenure in this role, ABC News has won three consecutive Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence in Television and Radio, a historic first for any network, and multiple Emmy® and Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Awards, among the most prestigious in journalism.
In her post at CBS, she was involved in recruiting many notable correspondents and contributors, including Jeff Glor, John Dickerson, Erica Hill, Seth Doane, Rebecca Jarvis and Dr. Jennifer Ashton, among others. While at CBS she oversaw “The Early Show” and received a duPont Award for her work on “Children of the Recession 2008-2009.”
Prior to joining CBS Fedida had key roles in Talent and Development, and Standard and Practices, and was a producer for ABC News. She reported on and produced stories and specials about the first and second Gulf Wars, the Timothy McVeigh execution, the Northridge earthquake, the Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding saga, Pope John Paul’s visit to Cuba and the drug wars in South America, just to name a few.
She was a senior producer on the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning millennium broadcast that spanned 26 consecutive hours, the attacks of Sept. 11 and Peter Jennings’ children’s special, “9/11: Answering Children’s Questions.” Following Jennings’ death in 2005, Fedida was part of a select group of producers responsible for working on the tribute special “Peter Jennings Reporter.” For her work on ABC News’ 9/11 coverage and “9/11: Answering Children’s Questions,” Fedida was awarded a 2002 duPont Award.
Fedida graduated from New York University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a minor in politics. She has been an adjunct professor of journalism at the university.
Barbara Fedida Age
Barbara Fedida’s age is unclear. She was born in Queens, New York.
Barbara Fedida Husband
Barbara Fedida is married to her husband Andrew Brill.
Barbara Fedida Family, Children
Barbara Fedida and her husband are parents to their three children: Max, Sam, and Alexandra. The family lives in New York City.
Barbara Fedida ABC News
Barbara Fedida was placed on administrative leave in June 2020 after a HuffPost investigation alleged she had a pattern of making insensitive and racist remarks. According to the Huffington Post, on one instance in 2018, during contract negotiations with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, Fedida “asked what more Roberts could want and said it wasn’t as if the network was asking Roberts to ‘pick cotton.’”
ABC News announced that Barbara Fedida has been placed on leave while the claims are investigated. ABC said in a statement: “There are deeply disturbing allegations in this story that we need to investigate, and we have placed Barbara Fedida on administrative leave while we conduct a thorough and complete investigation. These allegations do not represent the values and culture of ABC News, where we strive to make everyone feel respected in a thriving, diverse and inclusive workplace.”
The National Association Of Black Journalists released a statement saying: “The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is appalled at the allegations of discriminatory hiring practices and treatment of Black employees by a powerful ABC News executive, as detailed by Yashar Ali with the Huffington Post. Yashar’s story can be found here.
“We call for ABC News/Disney to immediately launch a transparent, external investigation led by a diverse law firm to examine all of the allegations detailed in the report, while conducting a thorough review of ABC News Executive Barbara Fedida, and the talent department that she has run at ABC News.
“NABJ calls on ABC News to waive its confidentiality agreements with any Black employees and other employees of color, and permit prior and current employees to speak on the record absent of reprisals if they choose to do so.
“This external investigation by ABC News should be transparent, and all findings must be published and broadcast. This is appropriate because Fedida was no second-tier executive. This top ABC News executive wielded arguably the most power at the network in determining the fates of Black employees in terms of hiring and contracts. The careers of many at ABC News, as well as their future advancement, was literally in her hands.”
The statement continued, “We at NABJ are calling for a meeting with the top leadership at ABC News immediately, and we would like for top leadership at Disney to be present as well.”
Fedida said in a statement via her attorney: “Throughout my career, I have been a champion for increased diversity in network news. Building a news division where everyone can thrive has been my life’s mission. I am proud of my decades of work of hiring, supporting and promoting talented journalists of color. And, unlike these heartbreaking and incredibly misleading claims about me, that track record is well-documented and undeniable.”
Barbara Fedida Fired
On Monday, July 20, 2020, Walt Disney Television chairman and Disney Media Networks co-chairman Peter Rice announced Barbara Fedida’s termination in a memo to ABC News employees. She was fired following an investigation into allegations of insensitive behavior and her treatment of employees.
Rice said: “The investigation substantiated that Ms. Fedida did make some of the unacceptable racially insensitive comments attributed to her. It also substantiated that Ms. Fedida managed in a rough manner and, on occasion, used crass and inappropriate language,” Rice said. “Lastly, the investigation found no basis for the claims that Ms. Fedida was the subject of dozens of HR complaints and that ABC News spent millions of dollars in confidential settlements related to Ms. Fedida, as alleged in some press accounts.”
Barbara Fedida Salary
Barbara Fedida’s salary is unclear.
Barbara Fedida Religion
Barbara Fedida is Jewish.
Barbara Fedida Nationality
She is of American nationality.
Barbara Fedida Ethnicity – Barbara Fedida Ethnic Background
She is of white ethnicity.
Barbara Fedida Instagram
Barbara Fedida’s Instagram account (@barbarafedida) has been deleted.