Sherwood in 2004
February 12, 1964 |
Los Angeles, California
|Occupation||Author, journalist, entrepreneur|
|Spouse||Karen Kehela Sherwood|
Ben Sherwood (born February 12, 1964) is a writer, journalist and producer who currently serves as the co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney-ABC Television Group. Prior to his current role, he served as president of ABC News.
Early life and education
Ben Sherwood was born in Los Angeles, California. In 1981, he graduated from Harvard-Westlake School (then called Harvard School) in Los Angeles. In 1986, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an AB degree. From 1986 to 1989, he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
From 1989 to 1993, Sherwood was an associate producer and producer for ABC News' Primetime (then called PrimeTime Live) with hosts Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. During that time he was part of an ABC News team that came under sniper fire in Sarajevo, Bosnia in August 1992.
In 1997, Sherwood joined NBC's Nightly News with Tom Brokaw as a producer, then senior producer, and ultimately senior broadcast producer, where he was present during coverage of the September 11 attacks. Sherwood left NBC News in January 2002.
In April 2004, Sherwood was selected as executive producer of the ABC's Good Morning America, and on December 3, 2010, Sherwood was appointed president of ABC News in New York, replacing David Westin. In January 2015, Sherwood will become President of Disney-ABC Television Group, and Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks, replacing Anne Sweeney.
In 1996, Sherwood wrote his first novel, Red Mercury, published under the pseudonym Max Barclay by Dove Books. The story involves a nuclear terror threat at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. President Bill Clinton reportedly "devoured" the book before traveling to Atlanta to attend the Olympics.
In 2000, while working at NBC Nightly News, Sherwood wrote a bestselling novel called The Man Who Ate The 747, published by Bantam Books. The tragicomic tale tells the story of an investigator for a fictional Guinness Book of Records who travels to Superior, Nebraska to authenticate a record attempt involving a man eating a Boeing 747. The record keeper meets an introverted and misguided Nebraska farmer who is ingesting the 747 by grinding parts of the plane into gritty dust. By consuming the plane, the farmer hopes to prove the size and scope of his love for a woman who lives in the small town.
In 2004, Sherwood published The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, which follows a young man's journey between the worlds of life and death, and explores his bonds with loved ones in both. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud was made into a major motion picture starring Zac Efron, directed by Burr Steers, produced by Marc Platt, and released from Universal Pictures on July 30, 2010 under the new title Charlie St. Cloud..
In January 2009, Sherwood's first non-fiction book, The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life, was published by Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. The Survivors Club explores human survival in all its forms. The book became a New York Times bestseller and has been published in more than 15 languages.
In January 2009, expanding upon the themes of his most recent book, Sherwood launched a Website called www.TheSurvivorsClub.org, an online resource center and support network for people facing all manners of adversity. The Survivors Club Website is a social enterprise dedicated to helping people survive and thrive in the face of every kind of adversity including health, financial, family and extreme challenges.
Sherood is married to Karen Kehela Sherwood, who is the co-chair of Imagine Films, a division of film and television production company Imagine Entertainment. They have two sons named William Richard Sherwood and Charles Edmund Sherwood.
Sherwood is a member of the board of directors of City Year (Los Angeles) and a member of the advisory board of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
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