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Credit: CBS News

CBS News senior executive producer and esteemed journalist Susan Zirinsky will replace David Rhodes as president of CBS News, becoming the first woman to head the network beginning in March.

Why it matters: Her appointment comes after a year of reckoning at CBS after its chairman, star anchor and producer were all ousted for accusations of sexual misconduct.

The details: The announcement was made Sunday by acting CBS CEO Joseph Ianniello.

  • According to Variety, Ianniello made the decision to replace Rhodes with Zirinsky "after finding out Rhodes hoped to try something different, according to a person familiar with the matter."
  • Variety also notes that Rhodes’ contract was believed to be coming up sometime in February. He has been CBS News' president since 2011.

Between the lines: Rhodes was not linked to any of the sexual misconduct drama that has plagued CBS News over the past year, but it makes sense that the network would welcome an experienced female journalist to lead the news division through a period of rebuilding.

"The #MeToo movement isn’t behind us, it’s alongside us in our thinking. There will be a new and more powerful human resources person in the news division that is working on culture change. It’s really important to me to have an environment where there is transparency, where you can talk, where there are reactions based on actions."
— Zirinsky in an interview with the Los Angeles Times

Zirinsky has been at CBS since 1972 and has worked her way up through various news roles that have touched live news production, field production, news documentary journalism and more. She currently serves as senior executive producer of true-crime series like 48 Hours and NCIS as well as other CBS primetime series, according to the network.

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Biden to sign 15 executive actions on Day One

President-elect Joe Biden. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to sign 15 executive actions upon taking office Wednesday, immediately reversing key Trump administration policies.

Why it matters: The 15 actions — aimed at issues like climate change and immigration — mark more drastic immediate steps compared with the two day-one actions from Biden's four predecessors combined, according to incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

Off the Rails

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photos: Elijah Nouvelage, Alex Wong/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence. Trump believes the vice president can solve all his problems by simply refusing to certify the Electoral College results. It's a simple test of loyalty: Trump or the U.S. Constitution.

"The end is coming, Donald."

The male voice in the TV ad boomed through the White House residence during "Fox & Friends" commercial breaks. Over and over and over. "The end is coming, Donald. ... On Jan. 6, Mike Pence will put the nail in your political coffin."

Big Tech's post-riot reckoning

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Capitol insurrection means the anti-tech talk in Washington is more likely to lead to action, since it's ever clearer that the attack was planned, at least in part, on social media.

Why it matters: The big platforms may have hoped they'd move to D.C.'s back burner, with the Hill focused on the Biden agenda and the pandemic out of control. But now, there'll be no escaping harsh scrutiny.

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