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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