David Rhodes (CBS News President)

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David Rhodes
BornDecember 1973
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materRice University
Spouse(s)Emma Kahn Rhodes (m. 2005)
RelativesBen Rhodes (brother)

David Rhodes (born Dec. 1973) is the former President of CBS News.

In February 2011, Rhodes was named President of CBS News, becoming the youngest network news president in the history of American television.[1] He is responsible for CBS News broadcasts and the division's newsgathering across all platforms including television, CBS News Radio, CBSNews.com and CBSN, the first live anchored streaming news network.

On January 6, 2019, Susan Zirinsky was named President of CBS News, replacing David Rhodes.[2][3] Rhodes will be leaving on March 1, 2019, "after overseeing Zirinsky’s transition and have an advisory role after that." [4] According to Variety, with Rhodes as the helm, "CBS News expanded into new digital territories and placed more emphasis on its roots as a trusted hard-news outlet, refashioning the network’s morning show and launching streaming-news outlet CBSN." [5]

Early life[edit]

Rhodes was born and raised in New York City. He is the son of an Episcopalian father from Texas and a Jewish mother from New York.[6][1] He graduated from Rice University in Houston in 1996.[7] He is the brother of Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security adviser for strategic communications for President Barack Obama.[8][neutrality is disputed]


Rhodes began his career in television journalism with Fox News, where he joined as a Production Assistant before the channel launched in October 1996. He eventually became Vice President, News. In 2008, Rhodes moved to Bloomberg L.P. as Head of U.S. Television.[9][neutrality is disputed] Bloomberg's cable channel underwent a major re-design in 2009.[10][neutrality is disputed]

Rhodes has promoted “Real News” and put an emphasis on CBS News’ journalistic traditions.[10] The division began programming “CBS This Morning” in 2012—emphasizing harder news coverage and bringing the morning show back to the CBS Broadcast Center from a remote studio.[10] CBS News’ "Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer" was expanded to one hour and emerged as the #1 Sunday morning public affairs show.[10][neutrality is disputed]

David Rhodes is chairman of the Advisory Board of The Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.[11] He also serves on the Rice University Board of Trustees[12] and the advisory board for Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders.[13]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Rhodes became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum at the group’s 2013 gathering in Yangon, Myanmar, and participates in the forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.[14] Rhodes reached the top 10 of Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2013 and has been named to a number of media and business lists, including The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Most Powerful People in Media, Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40,[1] and GQ’s 50 Most Powerful People in Washington. He is the Radio Television Digital News Foundation's 2018 First Amendment Service Award recipient.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, he married Emma Kahn.[16] He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.



  1. ^ a b c "David Rhodes - 2012 - 40 Under Forty | Crain's New York Business". Mycrains.crainsnewyork.com. 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  2. ^ Flint, Joe (January 6, 2019). "CBS News Names Susan Zirinsky as Its First Female President". wsj.com. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  3. ^ DeMarche, Edmund (January 7, 2019). "CBS names Susan Zirinsky to lead news division, will replace David Rhodes: reports". foxnews.com. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Battalion, Stephen (January 6, 2019). "Susan Zirinsky will replace David Rhodes as CBS News president, becoming first woman to lead division". latimes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Steinberg, Brian (January 6, 2019). "Susan Zirinsky Replaces David Rhodes as CBS News President". variety.com. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  6. ^ MARK LANDLER (March 15, 2013). "Worldly at 35, and Shaping Obama's Voice". The New York Times. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Rice alum David Rhodes named president of CBS News". News.rice.edu. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  8. ^ "David Rhodes". CBS News. 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  9. ^ "David Rhodes". CBS News. 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  10. ^ a b c d http://www.cbsnews.com/team/david-rhodes/
  11. ^ "Events | Tufts Fletcher School". fletcher.tufts.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  12. ^ "Kraft, Rhodes and Tarpley join Rice University board". news.rice.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  13. ^ "Internationally renowned vanguards named to Rice's Doerr Institute for New Leaders advisory board". news.rice.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  14. ^ "David Rhodes | World Economic Forum - David Rhodes". Weforum.org. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  15. ^ "RTDNF announces 2018 First Amendment Award honorees". rtdna.org. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  16. ^ New York Times: "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Emma Kahn, David Rhodes" April 3, 2005

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