Wald to ankle ABC News

Editorial vet retiring after 20-years at Alphabet web

NEW YORK — ABC News senior VP for editorial quality Richard Wald is retiring after 20 years at the Alphabet web.

Wald will leave ABC at the end of the year. He’ll maintain a link to the web by heading occasional seminars for news division employees focusing on issues related to ethics, diversity and the law.

ABC News executive VP Shelby Coffey III will take over Wald’s other duties, which included working with reporters and producers to make sure stories meet the web’s editorial standards.

Wald has been in his current position since January 1993. He joined ABC News in September 1978, brought on board by ABC News topper Roone Arledge to handle day-to-day operations of the division.

At the time he signed up with ABC News, the division “was small and struggling,” Wald said in a statement released Wednesday. “Over the past 20 years, it had been my privilege to help in the construction of one of the great international news operations in the world, and I have enjoyed every day of it. Now … it is time to try something completely different.”

Before joining ABC, Wald had been at NBC News for nine years. He was president of the Peacock’s news division from 1973 to 1977. He began his career in 1951 as the Columbia College correspondent for the now-defunct New York Herald Tribune.