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CBS News Name Rick Jefferson As The New Vice President of News Operation


Rick Jefferson has been named Vice President of News Operations at CBS News. The announcement was made this summer by David Rhodes, President, CBS News, to whom he reports. Jefferson begins in the role immediately and will be based in New York.

Jefferson is an Emmy Award-winning executive who has been Director of Production at CBS News since March 2016. Jefferson has more than three decades of television production experience in broadcast and cable news, including nearly 20 years within CBS, where he’s had lead roles managing and coordinating coverage of several presidential inaugurations, political conventions, award shows and other major events. Throughout his television career, Jefferson has been dedicated to innovation through process improvement, project management and producing high-performance teams.

In his new position, Jefferson will be responsible for the division’s technical personnel and facilities worldwide, including Hard News, Prime Time and Public Affairs. Jefferson will oversee CBS News’ bureaus and operations for coverage of such events as conventions, elections and presidential trips. He’ll also be responsible for exploring the latest technologies and lead the design of advanced broadcast technology for CBS News.

Previously, Jefferson served as Director of Production for CBS THIS MORNING, the network’s award-winning morning news broadcast from December 2012 to March 2016.

He joined CBS News in 2012 after holding multiple key positions at MSNBC. He was the Manager of Technical Operations at MSNBC from 2009 to 2012, prior to which he served for nearly 13 years as Senior Technical Production Manager for the network.

While at MSNBC, he was part of the original team that launched the network, acting as the liaison between production staff and technical staff for MSNBC Special Projects and for “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” He also served as lead technical production manager for major projects including the Royal Wedding, Republican and Democratic National Conventions and a variety of major breaking news events.

Before joining MSNBC, Jefferson spent a year as a Production Supervisor for CBS-owned flagship station WCBS (1995-1996). Earlier, he served in a variety of capacities for CBS, including Broadcast Distribution Manager (1992-1995), Supervisor, Broadcast Operations (1991-1992) and Satellite Control Manager (1990-1991).

He began his television career with CBS as a Network Documentation Clerk in 1984. Jefferson graduated from St. John’s University, where he majored in communications arts and minored in liberal arts.

CBS fires vice president who said Vegas victims didn’t deserve sympathy because country music fans ‘often are Republican’

CBS has parted ways with one of the company’s top lawyers after she said she was “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because “country music fans often are Republican,” when discussing the mass shooting that unfolded in Las Vegas late Sunday night. She issued a statement of apology.

Hayley Geftman-Gold, the network’s now-former vice president and senior counsel, said, “Earlier today I posted an indefensible post in a Facebook discussion thread concerning the tragic Las Vegas shooting, a statement I sincerely regret. I am deeply sorry for diminishing the significance of every life affected by Stephen Paddock’s terrorism last night and for the pain my words have inflicted on the loved ones of the victims. My shameful comments do not reflect the beliefs of my former employer, colleagues, family, and friends. Nor do they reflect my actual beliefs — this senseless violence warrants the deepest empathy. I understand and accept all consequences that my words have incurred.”

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A CBS spokeswoman told Fox News that Geftman-Gold, “who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS. Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families.”

Geftman-Gold took to Facebook after a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 59 people and sending more than 510 others to hospitals.

“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs [sic] will ever do the right thing,” Geftman-Gold wrote in a now-deleted message that was first reported and captured by The Daily Caller. Geftman-Gold continued: “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc [sic] country music fans often are Republican gun toters [sic].”

Geftman-Gold is presumably referring to Sandy Hook, which occurred in Newtown, Conn. back in 2012. A 20-year-old gunman, Adam Lanza, killed 20 children and six adults during the tragic event that sparked intense political debates regarding gun control. Her attorney, Carrie A. Goldberg, responded: “In the last few hours my client, her family and friends have been bombarded by online death unimaginable in quantity and detail. We beg people to show love and support to survivors and loved ones — in Las Vegas and their own lives — instead of creating more violence.”

Geftman-Gold did not work directly with the network’s news division. According to her LinkedIn bio, Geftman-Gold worked at CBS since September 2016 and graduated from the prestigious Columbia University law school in 2000.