Stacia Philips Deshishku has been promoted to VP/GM of ABC Radio, overseeing its audio businesses, including terrestrial radio serving 1,650 stations nationwide, podcasts and digital audio. She succeeds Steve Jones, who stunned the industry when he departed the role at ABC Radio after three decades, to join Skyview Networks as president and COO.
ABC News President James Goldston called the announcement “exciting news” for the network, adding in a note to staff, “In April we asked Stacia to be the interim leader of the radio division. She dove in immediately and quickly demonstrated the same steadfast leadership and journalistic smarts the Washington team has come to rely on during her tenure as deputy bureau chief for the last five years.”
Deshishku tweeted, “I am thrilled to join the @ABCRadio powerhouse at this exciting and innovative time for the audio world. I’m honored to work with the passionate journalists and creative business leaders who are poised to continue to lead the team into the future.”
Her previous experience includes coverage of the White House, while she served during the 2000 election as CNN’s Manager of Political Coverage and was head of CNN’s White House unit. She led CNN’s breaking news coverage for a number of years, including the network’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Deshishku relocates from Washington to New York in the new position.
The search for a new Washington Deputy Bureau Chief will “begin shortly,” Goldston noted.
Jones, who was interviewed for the Inside Radio Podcast in March, told Managing Editor Paul Heine, “I’ve had a great run here at ABC. There's been a real satisfying, exhilarating and sometimes terrifying mixture of content oversight and business stewardship.”