Andrew Heyward is a nationally known news executive, award-winning producer, and expert on the changing media landscape.
Currently, Heyward is a Senior Research Professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He recently completed a report for the Cronkite School and the Stanton Foundation called “Beyond Objectivity” — a guide for producing trustworthy news in today’s newsrooms, co-written with former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr.
Before that, Heyward was part of a three-year project at ASU to encourage innovation in local TV newsrooms and write about it for the Knight-Cronkite News Lab.
Heyward is also a Senior Advisor to MIT’s Center for Constructive Communication, whose mission is to “design human-machine systems that improve communication across divides and increase opportunity for underheard voices.”
Heyward was President, CBS News, from January 1996-November 2005. Before that, Heyward was executive producer of The CBS Evening News. Heyward was also responsible for developing and launching 48 Hours, the award-winning primetime CBS News hour that premiered in January 1988. He began his career working in local news at WNEW-TV and WCBS-TV in New York.