Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Research Professor
Andrew Heyward was formerly President of CBS News, but today he is a Research Professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, where he is participating in a Knight Foundation-funded project designed to drive innovation in local television news. He's also a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab’s Laboratory for Social Machines and its nonprofit spinoff Cortico, where he is working on artificial-intelligence-based tools to strengthen local journalism. Heyward was previously Executive Producer of The CBS Evening News and helped launch the weekly TV news show “48 Hours.”
(Local TV) has come to a demographic reality and is going to have to figure out a way to make its digital products pay, and that will be the conundrum.
Everybody is looking for local as a sort of hope for the future because we have a toxic, polarized national climate. You know there’s a pothole on Elm Street. … There’s a traffic light that doesn’t work well. … We are united in our interest in getting that fixed. … So there’s common ground and the news there can’t be dismissed as fake because it’s there for all the world to see.