Cynthia McFadden jumps from ABC to NBC

Staff writer

After 20 years at ABC News, Cynthia McFadden is moving to NBC.

Juju Chang will replace McFadden as co-Anchor of "Nightline," ABC announced. McFadden had been the program's co-anchor for nine years.

McFadden's new role at NBC will be senior legal and investigative correspondent. NBC News President Deborah Turness announced the appointment Thursday.

McFadden will join the NBC News investigative unit in New York, and her work will be seen across all NBC News platforms.

"Cynthia McFadden is a rare talent -- passionate about journalism, compassionate in her view of the world, truly gifted in the art of storytelling,"  Turness said in a statement.

McFadden said she was seeking new challenges. "While it is not easy leaving the 'Nightline' anchor chair, the opportunity NBC offered to make a deep dive into the kind of reporting I am most passionate about -- legal and investigative -- was just too appealing to resist," she said. "I'm grateful to everyone at ABC for a marvelous journey and very much looking forward to joining my new colleagues at NBC."

ABC News President Ben Sherwood called Chang "a vital member of the 'Nightline' team for many years" and "a versatile correspondent and storyteller."

She will join Dan Abrams and Dan Harris on the anchor team.

Sherwood praised McFadden as "a key member of the ABC News team for the past 20 years" and said she had been "traveling the world to bring our viewers important and distinctive reports, most recently from the Vatican."

In generous remarks, Sherwood said McFadden "has been an amazing colleague, a loyal mentor to so many of our up-and-coming producers, and I am personally grateful for her profound contributions to ABC News."


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