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News veteran Susan Zirinsky will replace David Rhodes as CBS News president

She will be the first female to lead the network's news division.
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Susan Zirinsky attends CBS 2013 Upfront Presentation at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 15, 2013 in New York City.

Susan Zirinsky has been named president and senior executive producer of CBS News.

Zirinsky, who began her career in the network's Washington bureau two weeks after the Watergate break-in, has become an accomplished veteran of the news division.

She has worn numerous hats, most recently as senior executive producer for the award-winning program "48 HOURS." 

Zirinsky, who has produced numerous breaking news specials, will work closely with and report to Joe Ianniello, acting CEO of the CBS Corporation.

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Her promotion makes her the first woman to lead CBS News.

Zirinsky will replace David Rhodes, who will work as a senior advisor. 

"I couldn't be prouder of our work together during these extraordinary times," wrote Rhodes in a staff email Sunday. 

Her leadership will start during a critical time for CBS after reported scandals for workplace culture and sexual harassment.

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