Susan Zirinsky
John Paul Filo/CBS
United States


President / Senior Executive Producer

Zirinsky has been on a roller coaster since the start of the pandemic, thanks to staffers at CBS News’ New York headquarters testing positive for the contagion in the spring — a development that made producing “CBS This Morning” and “60 Minutes” a significantly more difficult task. But that hasn’t kept her team from important coverage. Under her aegis, CBS News has seen a ratings spike for “CBS Evening News,” thanks to an audience that has had to shelter at home. And the venerable “60 Minutes” has taken on new relevance by digging deeper on breaking news stories and expanding to shortform video with a run on now-defunct Quibi. Zirinsky, who has worked at CBS News since 1972, is the first female president of the ViacomCBS division.


  • CBS News
  • 48 HOURS


  • American University (DC, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • New Power of New York
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ViacomCBS in Hunt for Successor to CBS News Chief Susan Zirinsky

ViacomCBS in Hunt for Successor to CBS News Chief Susan Zirinsky

ViacomCBS has been searching for a successor to CBS News President Susan Zirinsky, according to people familiar with the matter, as media companies place new emphasis on their news divisions to attract the big, live audiences that advertisers and distributors continue to crave while more consumers migrate to streaming video.George Cheeks, CEO of ViacomCBS' CBS assets, has been holding talks with potential candidates for weeks, according to these people. There is no set timeline for Zirinsky to step down. She...


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