Senior Vice President, Talent and Business, ABC News
Barbara Fedida is Senior Vice President for Talent and Business, responsible for developing and executing ABC News’ strategic planning for the next generation of both on-air and off-air talent. In addition to hiring, developing and placing all anchors and correspondents for ABC News programs and bureaus worldwide, Fedida oversees all editorial recruiting, hiring and growth and development opportunities to ensure that the best people are hired and move forward in the organization.
Fedida re-joined ABC News after four years at CBS News, where she was Vice President of Talent and Development.
In her earlier tenure at ABC, Fedida worked on virtually every major News story. She produced stories and specials about the the first and second Gulf Wars, the Timothy McVeigh execution, the Northridge earthquake, and covered Pope John Paul’s visit to Cuba and the drug wars in South America. She was a key senior producer on such ABC News stories as the Millennium broadcast, the attacks of September 11 and Peter Jennings’ children’s special, “9/11: Answering Children’s Questions” (2001). Following Jennings’ death, Fedida was one of only a handful of producers who worked 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 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award.
Fedida began her career as a broadcast assistant for CBS News’ “West 57th” (1988-89).
Born in Queens, NY, Fedida graduated from New York University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and politics, and has been an adjunct professor of journalism at the university. She and her husband live in New York City with their three children.