C.B. Hayden, director of research for ABC News, died Tuesday at Cabrini Medical Hospital in Manhattan following a brief illness. He was 47.
Hayden’s work in research enhanced the content of such ABC news programs as “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” and “Nightline.”
Hayden’s approach to research transformed ABC News Research Center from a paper-based service to an intranet-based one that targeted electronic resources directly to individuals and programs. In addition, his innovations in digital information resources broadened access to work performed by the Research Center.
Hayden began his 21-year career with ABC News in 1980 as an information specialist. He was promoted to supervisor of online services and then to manager of the news research center. Last year he was named director of the center.
“CB was a cheerful and enthusiastic colleague whose innovations in research greatly enhanced our ability to report the news,” said ABC News President David Westin. “We will miss him dearly.”
Hayden is survived by his parents, a brother, and a cousin.
A memorial service will be held in Kentucky at a later date.