David Westin at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
July 29, 1952 |
|Alma mater||University of Michigan (J.D.)|
David Westin (born July 29, 1952) is the Principal of Witherbee Holdings, LLC, advising and investing in media companies. He was the President and CEO of NewsRight from 2011 to 2012. Before that, he was president of ABC News (from March 6, 1997 through December 3, 2010), responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ television broadcasts, including World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20, Primetime, This Week with Christiane Amanpour, and World News Now, and ABC News Radio. During his tenure, ABC News received eleven George Foster Peabody Awards, 13 Alfred I DuPont Awards, four George Polk Awards, more than 40 News and Documentary Emmys, and more than 40 Edward R. Murrow Awards. On September 6, 2010, Westin announced he would retire from ABC, but would remain until the end of the year to give the company time to find a replacement. One news report said Westin was forced out by Disney CEO Robert Iger, but others reported that he had decided to pursue other interests—with one saying that he "got to announce his departure on his own terms."
Westin graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1970. He received a BA degree with honors and distinction from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a JD degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1977. After graduation, he served as a law clerk to J. Edward Lumbard of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and later clerked for Lewis F. Powell of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Westin has written the book Exit Interview, about his experiences as president of ABC News. It was released in May 2012.
Westin is married to Sherrie Rollins Westin. He has two daughters, Victoria and Elizabeth, and a son, Matthew, from a previous marriage. She has a daughter, Lily, from a previous marriage to political strategist Ed Rollins. They have a son, David Palmer from their union.
- Who Pushed ABC News' Chief? by Peter Lauria, The Daily Beast, September 7, 2010 http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-09-07/david-westin-resignation-who-pushed-out-abc-news-chief/