Sonya McNair has been upped to head of communications for CBS News.
McNair will oversee all media and talent relations, as well as public affairs for CBS News, including strategic planning, day-to-day publicity, internal and external communications. She joined the Eye’s news division in 2009 as a consultant and was appointed VP soon after landing at the network.
“Sonya has proven time and again that she embodies grace under fire,” said Gil Schwartz, CBS’ exec VP and chief communications officer. “She is an extremely highly regarded media relations professional with demonstrated leadership skills and drive. I look forward to the contributions she will make during this time of change and opportunity for CBS News.”
The appointment comes after a big shake-up at the Eye’s news division: Last month “60 Minutes” exec producer Jeff Fager was named chairman of CBS News and Bloomberg U.S. television operations head David Rhodes was appointed CBS News prexy.
In other news at the net, Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews has been promoted to VP of news.
Previously serving as foreign editor at CBS News, Ciprian-Matthews will now coordinate all day-to-day news coverage — both foreign and domestic — in her new role.
Moving out of the news division was former president Sean McManus, who became chairman of CBS Sports.
“When I joined the organization just last month,” Rhodes said, “Ingrid immediately impressed me as someone who could be a leader in our newsroom.”
Ciprian-Matthews was senior broadcast producer for the “CBS Evening News” from 2004-06 and served as the senior producer for CBS News’ foreign coverage prior to that.