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David Friend was named Senior Vice President, News, for the CBS Television Stations group in June 2010.
In addition to his station group responsibilities, he continues to serve as News Director at WCBS-TV, the company’s New York flagship, which is a position he has held since June 2006. He added oversight of the news department at WLNY-TV when CBS acquired the station in 2012 and created a duopoly in the New York City market.
In 2010, Friend was selected by Broadcasting & Cable as the publication’s News Director of the Year in recognition of his efforts to drive ratings growth, share best practices across the CBS Television Stations group and facilitate partnerships with CBS Radio stations.
Prior to joining WCBS-TV in 2006, Friend served as the senior vice president in charge of business news programming at CNBC, where he oversaw 14 hours of live programming on a daily basis. He was also responsible for spearheading CNBC’s development of original long-form programming, including the Peabody Award-winning documentary “The Age of Wal-Mart: Inside America’s Most Powerful Company.” Prior to that, Friend served as executive producer of “Squawk Box,” CNBC’s signature morning program.
Before working at CNBC, Friend was with Warner Bros. as executive producer and co-creator of the nationally syndicated series, “Extra.” He was responsible for overseeing the transformation of the program from a nightly entertainment magazine to a news and information program.
Prior to that, Friend was the assistant news director at WABC-TV in New York City. He rose from producer to executive producer before being promoted to assistant news director during his seven years with the station.
Friend’s career in television news began in 1978 as a news writer at WPIX-TV in New York City. He was promoted to producer and won an Emmy Award for “Best Local Newscast” before being named senior producer.
In 1983, Friend was the first to produce live special coverage of the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show, a tradition that continues today.
Friend has also been an adjunct professor of journalism at Yeshiva University and the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York. He holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia College.