Ben Sherwood

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Ben Sherwood
Sherwood in 2004
Born (1964-02-12) February 12, 1964 (age 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Author, journalist, entrepreneur
Period 1989-Present
Genre Non-fiction
Spouse Karen Kehela Sherwood
Official website

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

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 1986-89, he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.


Television journalism

From 1989-93, 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[1]

In January 2015, Sherwood was named President of Disney-ABC Television Group, and Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks, replacing Anne Sweeney.[2]


Sherwood’s non-fiction work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, and O Magazine. 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.[3]

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.[citation needed]

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,[4] produced by Marc E. Platt and released from Universal Pictures on July 30, 2010 under the new title Charlie St. Cloud.[5]

In January 2009, his 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[6] and has been published in more than 15 languages.

Internet entrepreneur

In January 2009, expanding upon the themes of his most recent book, Sherwood launched a Website called, an online resource center and support network for people facing all manners of adversity.[7][8]

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. In August 2010, the website re-launched as part of the Hearst Digital Network, a division of the Hearst Corporation.[9]

Personal life

Sherwood is married to Karen Kehela Sherwood,[10] who is the co-chair of Imagine Films, a division of film and television production company Imagine Entertainment.[11] They have two sons.

Community activities

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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ben Sherwood Named President of ABC News". ABC News. December 3, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ Ben Sherwood to succeed Anne Sweeney,; accessed August 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Levine, Bettijane (2006-07-29). "His Fiction Comes Scarily Close to Atlanta's Reality". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Michael (2009-03-24). "Zac Efron ready for new 'Life'". Variety. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  5. ^ "The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (2010)". IMDb. 2009-05-12. Archived from the original on May 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  6. ^ "Hardcover Advice". The New York Times. 2009-02-15. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  7. ^ "Sioux City Journal: The Survivors Club". Sioux City Journal. 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  8. ^ "Web sites an outlet to vent foreclosure stress". MSNBC. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  9. ^ "Hearst Magazines Digital Media Launches on its Proprietary Platform". PRLog. 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Weddings/Celebrations; Karen Kehela, Ben Sherwood". The New York Times. 2003-03-30. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  11. ^ "Company Roster (click on Company)". Imagine Entertainment. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 

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