First Amendment Service Award

This award honors professionals in local or network news who work in an off-air, management, largely behind-the-scenes capacity.

James Goldston
President, ABC News

James Goldston
ABC NEWS – James Goldston, President, ABC News (ABC/ Heidi Gutman)

James Goldston was named president of ABC News in April 2014. He oversees all aspects of the news division, including broadcast, digital and radio, a combined audience that is unmatched in the United States.

During Goldston’s tenure leading ABC News, the network has responded rapidly to cover breaking news in Cuba, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Paris and London, and across the country from San Bernardino to Las Vegas and Orlando. ABC News has scored exclusive interviews with former FBI director James Comey, President Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, among many others, and hosted landmark town halls with President Barack Obama and Pope Francis.


Under Goldston’s leadership ABC’s newscasts are delivering their most competitive seasons in years while expanding their reach on new digital networks. “Good Morning America” is No. 1 for the seventh straight year, and “World News Tonight with David Muir” won the 2016-2017 television season for the first time in 21 years and is No. 1 for the third year in a row.  The news division recently launched ABC News Live, a 24/7 breaking news and live events streaming channel, acquired renowned data journalism organization FiveThirtyEight and expanded Good Morning America to a third hour.  From 2014-2016, ABC News won three consecutive Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence in Television and Radio, an historic first for any network.

From March 2012-April 2014, Goldston served as senior vice president for Content and Development for ABC News. In this role, he oversaw ABC News programs and executive producers, and led the development of new shows for broadcast, cable and other distribution.

Prior to his role as senior vice president, Goldston was the senior executive producer of “Good Morning America” from February 2011 to March 2012. During his tenure, the broadcast saw significant ratings gains as it closed in on NBC’s 16-year winning streak in the mornings and covered a wide range of breaking news stories from around the world with distinction.

Goldston joined ABC News in 2004 as a senior producer of prime-time specials and investigative reports, and was promoted shortly thereafter to executive producer of “Nightline,” a position he held until 2011. Under his leadership, the program grew to become the No. 1 show in late-night and won a string of awards including multiple Emmys® and the prestigious Peabody award.

Before joining ABC News, Goldston was the executive producer of Britain’s most-watched current affairs program, ITV1’s “Tonight with Trevor McDonald,” from 2002-2004. There he produced a series of celebrated documentaries including “Shock and Awe” – “Tonight”’s award-winning coverage of the Iraq War and the multi-award-winning “Living with Michael Jackson.” During his tenure as both producer and executive producer, “Tonight” was honored with the Royal Television Society’s prestigious Program of the Year Award three times in five years.

Goldston began his career in television as a producer for several BBC News programs, including “Newsnight,” the network’s nightly news analysis show, as well as BBC’s flagship current affairs program, “Panorama.”

A graduate of Jesus College, Oxford University, Goldston resides in New York City with his family.

Goldston - Murrow Awards

First Amendment Service Award

Updated on 2019-01-24T17:14:37+00:00, by firstawards.