Sharyl Attkisson has resigned from CBS News. The award-winning investigative journalist worked for the network for nearly 20 years. Although she said working for CBS was “one of life’s great privileges” she is now ready to move on.
Attkisson did not go into detail about her decision. However, it is suggested that she has grown increasingly disillusioned with the network. Although she wanted to resign last year, she was bound to a contract. Following a year of negotiations with CBS News President David Rhodes, Attkisson has announced an “amicable” agreement.
I have resigned from CBS.
— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) March 10, 2014
As reported by Politco, Attkisson believed the network was liberally biased and driven by internal politics. According to numerous sources, the journalist felt the network’s corporate partners were undermining or simply dismissing her hard work.
For example, Attkisson was admonished by network executives, as she openly criticized the Obama administration. The journalist’s work was criticized as “agenda-driven” and partial. Although she felt inspired to provide a complete and comprehensive report on the administration, she was accused of biased reporting.
Sharyl Attkisson’s career in broadcast journalism began in 1982 in Gainesville, Florida. By 1990, she was hired by CNN as an anchor and correspondent. She joined CBS as a co-anchor in 1993.
Throughout her career, the talented reporter has received numerous awards. In 2000, she received an Investigative Reporters and Editors Finalist award for her story titled “Dangerous drugs.” Her 2009 report titled “Investigating TARP” led to numerous awards, including another I.R.E. award and an Investigative Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting of a Business News story.
As reported by CBS News, Attkisson received a total of five Emmy Awards, a New York Black Journalists Association public service award, the University of Florida’s Alumnae of Outstanding Achievement Award, a Florida Communicator’s Award, a Mature Media National Award, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award.
Sharyl Attkisson has covered a wide range of topics, underlining her diverse background and knowledge. Unfortunately, in recent years she felt her work was being thwarted by network executives corporate partners.
Although she felt compelled to resign her position, she plans to complete and publish her memoir, tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington.” The book is expected to address numerous questions associated with her decision to resign.
In response to the resignation, CBS News senior vice president for communications, Sonya McNair, issued the following statement:
“… veteran Sharyl Attkisson is leaving the news division to pursue other endeavors. We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well.”
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