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CBS News Picks First Participants in Mentoring Program

Aug 3, 2005  •  Post A Comment

CBS News has chosen the first two participants in the program it created to connect mentors with journalists of color who have a few years in TV journalism and want to become network correspondents or producers.

James Black, who started as an Emmy-winning intern at KTVU-TV in San Francisco in 1998 and who has worked his way up to general assignment reporter at several Eastern stations, will report for WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio

Alturo Rhymes, whose decade of experience includes assignments as a segment producer for CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” five years at CNN, four years at MSNBC and a role as production associate on “NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw,” will be a producer for the CBS NewsPath affiliate service in New York.

CBS pays the participants’ salaries for two years either at affiliates with strong newsrooms and mentors or at NewsPath. The goal is for the participants to land network jobs at the end of those two years.

“If you want to come to the network, you have to show your own voice, your own style,” said Linda Mason, senior VP for standards and special projects at CBS News, from Atlanta, where she was attending the National Association of Black Journalists’ convention.